The month of August was dominated by Daniel Medvedev and now the Russian has a piece of silverware to show for it. On Sunday, the Russian secured his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open, beating David Goffin 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Medvedev seized his maiden shield at the Masters in Cincinnati, expanding a dominant form that saw him reach three finals in three weeks. After reaching consecutive Citi Open championships in Washington (from Kyrgios) and the Rogers Cup in Montreal (from Nadal), Medvedev is the last person to stand in Cincinnati.
"It's hard to find words," Medvedev told ESPN's Brad Gilbert after the game. "That's the hard work I'm putting in. It wouldn't be a good idea to lose three finals in a row, so I'm really happy about that. I actually started keeping 5-3. That was the first time I've been tight for three weeks. I've done four service , he didn't come back and it was amazing. "
The 23-year-old is one of the hottest players on the planet and is in a strong position to qualify for the ATP Nitto finals. in London. Up to a career high No. 5 in ATP rankings, he will be the first Russian to enter the Top 5 since Nikolay Davidenko in 201
Match wins leaders in 2019
One day after storming again to upset defending champion Novak Djokovic, the Russian made the most of the opportunity with an impressive display against Goffin, won the shield of the ATP Masters 1000, joining Marat Safin (5), Davidenko (3), Andrey Chesnokov (2) and Karen Khachanov (1). Khachanov most likely prevailed in Paris last year.
In Saturday's semifinals, Medvedev tossed the script to turn Djokovic using a hyper-aggressive game plan. Assuming a strategy for serving a break, he rallied from the set down to reach the final. And it would be much the same as the game started at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
The Belgian managed to put only one of Medvedev's first nine services into play. For his part, the 28-year-old struggles to adjust his opponent's basic rhythm. The Russian made it 3-1 with a winner in the cross court.
But Goffin would level the level for 4-all with a pair of backhand winners and take a seven-minute hold to consolidate. Medvedev, who played his 18th game in 20 days, struggled to maintain his energy as the set progressed, but a shot forehand winner saw him jump to a 5/2 lead at the subsequent tiebreaker. Two points later he sealed the opening in 56 minutes.
Medvedev refused to cede the lead as the second set began. An immediate break in the opening game was all he needed to cross the finish line. The ninth seed kept his nerve with everyone to play, saving two break points in service for the title at 5-4. A disappointed Medvedev broke his rocket frame in powerlessness on 15/40, but the strikingly fired four straight monsters served as a triumph. It hit 123 mph to save the first chance of a breakthrough, followed by three straight aces to close it in an hour and 39 minutes.
Last Masters For The First Time 1000 Champions
|Year||Player|| Tournament Won
|2019|| Daniel Medvedev
|2019||Dominic Thi||Indian Wells|
|2018||Karen Khachanov||Pare||John Isner||Miami|
 Juan Martin del Potro
|2017|| Jack Sock
The revenge was sweet for Medvedev, who fell to Goffin in a gripping five-set in Wimbledon last month. He goes 2-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
This has been a fruitful stretch for players seeking their breakthrough at the Masters 1000. For the third consecutive year, there are at least three first Masters 1000 champions. Medvedev joins Indian Wells Dominic Tiem and Monte Carlo winner Fabio Fogney players to secure the Masters girls in 2019
Becoming the youngest Cincinnati champion since 21-year-old Andy Murray in 2008, Medvedev adds a fifth ATP Tour title This is his second year after prevailing in Sofia in February.