Daniil Medvedev outlasted Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4 in the final of the Open 13 Provence in Marseille. This is the Russian’s first title in the French tournament. Playing against the in-form Herbert, who had upset the likes of Kei Nishikori, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Ugo Humbert, Medvedev saved four of the five break points he faced across the two-hour-11-minute encounter.
The world no. 3 was also able to break his French opponent at critical moments of play. The pair exchanged service breaks in the early moments of the opening set before Medvedev claimed the second break and maintained his lead long enough to serve out the set in the 10th game.
Open 13 Provence: Daniil Medvedev's new milestone
The initial moments of the second set once again had both players first stave off and then exchange breaks. However, neither player was able to get the upper hand in the regulation time thereafter and in the tie-break, it was the Frenchman who stemmed his opponent’s mini-break lead to win the tie-break 7-4 and level the match at a set apiece.
In the final set, there was only one service break – of Herbert’s serve. While trying to stay in the match in the 10th game, Herbert’s serve finally cracked and Medvedev was able to notch the win. His title at the Open 13 Provence is the 10th of Daniil Medvedev’s career and the first singles title for this season.
Earlier, Medvedev was part of the Russian team that won the ATP Cup in February. This is also Medvedev’s second final for the 2021 season. He had lost the final of the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic. Apart from his loss to Djokovic, Medvedev has only lost one other match this year, in the round-of-32 at the ABN Amro Open in Rotterdam to Dusan Lajovic.
Overall, the Russian has a win-to-loss record of 10-2 this season. Finally, this title also came as a timely gift for Medvedev from himself as he will rise to a new career-high of no. 2 in the world on Monday, 15th March when the latest rankings are released.