A year ago, Daniil Medvedev lost all three matches on his ATP Finals debut, bouncing back a year later to finish the round-robin action with three straight-sets victories! The Russian defeated Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Diego Schwartzman to advance into the semi-final in style, facing Rafael Nadal on Saturday for a place in the title match.
Daniil played on a high level to topple Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3, repeating that on Friday night versus the Argentine to seal the deal in an hour and 13 minutes to remain the only undefeated player in London this week. Making the ATP Finals debut, Schwartzman couldn't match the rivals' pace on an indoor court, losing all three matches and suffering the fifth defeat from as many encounters against the Russian.
Daniil dropped 14 points in nine service games, fending off both break points to mount the pressure on the other side of the net. Diego was far from those numbers, getting broken thrice and finishing his season with four straight losses.
Medvedev fired 30 winners and 19 unforced errors, outplaying the rival in the shortest and more extended exchanges to march over the finish line and prepare for the upcoming clash with Rafael Nadal. Diego saved three break chances in the opening game to avoid an early setback, hitting a service winner to bring it home.
Daniil added his name on the scoreboard with a service winner in game two and placed a forehand down the line winner a few minutes later for 2-1 lead.
Daniil Medvedev is through to the semi-final in London without losing a set.
The Russian confirmed the break with a hold in game four before Schwartzman held at love to reduce the deficit and remain within one break deficit.
Medvedev landed an ace to wrap up the sixth game at love and Schwartzman responded with another easy hold, finding the rhythm behind the initial shot after that break he suffered. Daniil moved 5-3 in front with another service winner and landed a forehand crosscourt winner to secure the opening set in 37 minutes.
Both players served well in the first three games of set number two before Daniil painted a backhand crosscourt winner to open a 3-1 gap. The Russian's only problem on serve came in the fifth game when he saved two break points with powerful serves, bringing it home with another unreturned serves to move 4-1 up and closer to the finish line.
Schwartzman held at 15 in game six, unable to repeat the previous return game, as Daniil grabbed the seventh game at love with a forehand winner to move a game away from the win. Serving for the victory in game nine, Medvedev produced another comfortable hold to seal the deal and advance into the last four.