Marathon man Medvedev beats Goffin for Cincinnati crown

Monday, 2019-08-19 07:42:09
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Aug 17, 2019; Mason, OH, USA; Daniil Medvedev (RUS) poses for a photo with the Rookwood Cup after defeating David Goffin (BEL) during the finals of the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center. (Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)
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Russian Daniil Medvedev survived cramps and tantrum where he cracked a racquet to clinch his first Masters 1000 title on Sunday with a 7-6(3) 6-4 win over David Goffin in the final of the Cincinnati Masters.

Medvedev saved two breaks points while serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set before winning the next four, three of them with aces to close out his dogged Belgian opponent.

It was the second title of the year for Medvedev, who had lost on the past two Sundays, to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafa Nadal in Montreal.

The pressure perhaps showed in the final game when Medvedev hurled his racquet to the ground after losing a point, but the temper tantrum was short lived and he regrouped quickly to clinch his fifth title in two years.

Earlier, Goffin did well to force a first set tiebreak by holding serve, including winning a 29-rally point.

But the Belgian, without a victory since 2017, lost the tiebreak on a double-fault.

Medvedev, who beat world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, plans a short rest before the US Open starts in eight days.

On the women’s side, American Madison Keys overcame late leads by Svetlana Kuznetsova in both sets to defeat the Russian for the Cincinnati Masters title on Sunday.

The confidence-boosting 7-5 7-6(5) victory sent Keys into the US Open later this month as the world's number 10 ranked player.