Daniil Medvedev not taking Reilly Opelka for granted ahead of Toronto final



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Daniil Medvedev not taking Reilly Opelka for granted ahead of Toronto final

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev was extremely happy with the way he performed against former world No. 8 John Isner in the Toronto Masters semifinal. Medvedev, ranked at No. 1 in the world, demolished Isner as he handed the American a 6-2 6-2 loss to progress into the Toronto final.

"I was playing great today. I think I almost did no unforced errors,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview. “I’m really happy with my game at this moment. I always like coming to the US Open Series. I always feel like I’m playing better and better the more the series continues.

I’m really happy that I’m still in the Toronto tournament, that’s the main [thing]”.

Medvedev dominated Isner

Medvedev made a positive start to the match, having broken Isner in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.

The Russian then earned his second break in the seventh game, before serving out for the opener in the eighth game. After winning the first set, Medvedev broke Isner in the opening game of the second set. The Russian continued his dominance as he also broke Isner in the fifth game to go up by a double break.

Isner saved a match point on his serve in the seventh game but Medvedev served out for the match in the eighth game. "I had to take this opportunity, just try to break as many times as I can, stay focused and I managed to do it," Medvedev said.

"I’m really happy with the win today." Medvedev will be fighting American Reilly Opelka for the Toronto title. Opelka stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinal and Medvedev is not taking him for granted.

"I actually watched almost all of his matches,” Medvedev said. “I think he’s playing great tennis here all week long. Today the match he turned around with Stefanos was quite unbelievable, a very hard effort”.