Danil Medvedev is simply too fast. His long octopus-like arms and his height allow him to get to balls most mortals wouldn’t be able to anyway, but as he is able to add quickness and anticipation to that, he can be nearly unbeatable. Still, in defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 7-6(6) in the semifinals of the Erste Bank Open, Medvedev had to deal with his body trying to beat him as well.
Most of the way through an extremely tight second set, Medvedev got a nosebleed. He didn’t leave the court but did get a little medical attention. Not being able to breathe did not seem to keep Medvedev away from moving one step closer to the Vienna Open title, though.
Besides sensational court coverage, the Russian was dominant with his serve. He had only dropped five points in the second set before reaching the second-set tie-break where he double-faulted to allow Tsitsipas to move to 5-5 and give the Greek a bit of hope.
Daniil Medvedev moves into the final of the Vienna Open
Tsitsipas didn’t play badly during the match, however. Really the difference in the match was Tsitsipas being broken in the first set. Both players held serve through the second set until Medvedev proved to be the more consistent player by ripping forehand winners and not making too many unforced errors.
Medvedev committed just 10 unforced errors throughout the match. He now leads the head-to-head over Tsitsipas 9-4 and the Russian continues to cement his No. 3 status on the ATP tour. While tennis doesn’t truly have a Big Three now since either Novak Djokovic or Carlos Alcaraz seem to win every Grand Slam, there is certainly a distance between the top three players and everyone else on tour currently.
The final will pit Daniil Medvedev against the winner of the Jannik Sinner versus Andrey Rublev match. And that match should be a fun one to watch.