Yet to clinch a title in 2022, Daniil Medvedev seems determined to rectify that record this week at the Libema Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
The world No. 2 ended Adrian Mannarino’s eight-fight winning streak at ATP 250 with a 7-5, 7-5 win on Saturday to book a championship date with Dutch wildcard Tim Van Rijthoven.
One of the hallmarks of Medvedev’s performances this week in the Netherlands was his ability to find a way to win even when struggling for pace. The victory over Mannarino was once again more solid than spectacular, but Medvedev will be delighted with the way he handled a real grass-court threat in the form of the flat-hitting Frenchman.
“Adrian is playing well and in some games in this game I was like, OK, I can’t do anything,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview. “I just had to keep playing tennis. Sometimes he was amazing, sometimes he was lacking.” , so I just continued my game and it worked out today.
If Medvedev beats No. 205-ranked Van Rijthoven in Sunday’s final, it will give the 26-year-old double cause for celebration. Roland Garros 2021 ranking points drop.
“The last time I saw him was in the juniors,” Medvedev said of his opponent in the league match. a surface where sometimes you have these feelings, he is a great player so I am ready for a big fight tomorrow.
“That would be great [to win] but it’s never easy. I have to show my best tennis. Even if I lose, I have no regrets, but of course I will do my best. Every time you’re in the final, you want to win.”
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An upside-down opener in Saturday’s semi-final featured five breaks of serve, Mannarino’s aggressive style keeping the top seed alert, but it was Medvedev who made the crucial step. 6-5 to clinch the set after a service game under the Mannarino bar.
The second set also seemed to follow Medvedev’s path closely as his impressive defense secured a break in the fifth game that gave him the chance to serve for the game at 5-4, but Mannarino’s consistent balls and its ability to skim clean winners from the grass. dropped the top seed to 5-5.
A gigantic 11th game on Mannarino’s serve followed which ultimately proved decisive for Medvedev to secure victory. He broke the resistance of the Frenchman by converting his fourth break point of the game before serving to complete a victory of one hour and 56 minutes.
The win avenged Medvedev’s second-round loss to Mannarino at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 2016 and cut their deficit in the pair’s ATP Head2Head series to 2-3. trophy at the Mallorca Championships in 2021.