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Medvedev vs Goffin ATP Cincinnati live streaming, preview and tips - Can Medvedev back up Djokovic scalp and claim first Masters 1000 title?

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 18 Aug 2019
  • Daniil Medvedev vs David Goffin is live from Cincinnati at 4.00pm local time on Sunday (9.00pm BST)
  • Their head-to-head is split at one win apiece
Daniil Medvedev (PA Images)

Into his third straight final, Daniil Medvedev attempts to avenge a Wimbledon defeat to David Goffin and claim a maiden Masters 1000 title when the pair clash in the Cincinnati Masters final on Sunday.

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World No. 8 Daniil Medvedev is on the cusp of a first ATP Masters 1000 title as he prepares to face 16th seed David Goffin in the Western & Southern Open final in Cincinnati on Sunday.

After registering straight sets victories over Kyle Edmund, Benoit Paire, Jan-Lennard Struff and Andrey Rublev in the previous rounds, Medvedev produced a spectacular performance to secure a second win over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic this season, recovering from a set down to knock out the defending Cincinnati Masters champion by a 3-6 6-3 6-3 scoreline. Playing his 17th match in the last 19 days, it appeared Medvedev’s superb run was about to come to an end as he trailed Djokovic 3-6 2-3, 30-40 and called the trainer to treat his right bicep. However, Medvedev refused to throw in the towel and instead played feast of famine with his second serves, sending down some rockets as he knew he couldn’t afford to get into extended rallies from the baseline with Djokovic. Those tactics paid the ultimate dividends as Medvedev seized control of the match, winning 10 of the last 13 games and firing 16 aces past Djokovic to advance into his third consecutive hardcourt final of the North American summer.

"To be honest, I don't know how I did it," Medvedev said after the match. "I was so tired in the first set and playing Novak I thought I wasn't able to keep the intensity. Then, the one momentum change in the second set was the difference. The crowd gave me so much energy.
"Usually I'll go bigger on my second serve when it's not working and Novak was just destroying me in the first set. At one moment, I said to myself why do a normal second serve if I'm going to lose the point. I started to win much more after that."

Medvedev improves to a tour-leading 43 match wins for the season and has now won 10 more hardcourt matches than second-placed Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roberto Bautista Agut. The Russian also won the most hardcourt matches of anyone on tour last season, where he improved his ranking from No. 84 to a year-end mark of No. 16, winning three titles on the surface in Sydney, Winston-Salem and Tokyo.

It goes without saying Medvedev has taken his game to another level completely in 2019, rising into the top 10 on the back of 43-16 record, which has yielded one title in Sofia and a total of four runner-up finishes in Brisbane, Barcelona, Washington and last week’s Canada Masters. The 23-year-old also reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and beat Djokovic to make the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters - and he will rise to a career-high of No. 5 if he can win his first Masters 1000 title on Sunday.

David Goffin (PA Images)
David Goffin is the man who stands in his way. The Belgian has had a fortuitous run to his first Masters 1000 final, it has to be said, with Goffin not having to face a top 20 player all tournament due to the bottom half of the draw being decimated from the get-go, but someone had to step up and take advantage and he’s done that with aplomb. Goffin started his campaign with a three-set win over Taylor Fritz and hasn’t dropped a set since, taking out Guido Pella, Adrian Mannarino and Richard Gasquet, while he also benefitted from a withdrawal from Yoshihito Nishioka in the quarter-finals.


"I'm really happy," said Goffin. "It's a tournament I like and I've played the best tennis here in the past few years. I'm really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It's a great moment for me."

Goffin was a top 10 player during a career-best 2017 season, where he won back-to-back titles in Shenzhen and Tokyo to qualify for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London for the first time - a tournament where he would go on to beat both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer before falling in the final to Grigor Dimitrov. The Belgian appeared ready to take his career to the next level, but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case, with Goffin suffering a number of unlucky injury setbacks, including slipping on the tarmac at the back of the court at the French Open last year and also copping a stray tennis ball to the eye in Rotterdam. However, there have been signs Goffin has been working his way back to his best level in recent months, with the 28-year-old finishing runner-up in Halle to Federer and making the Wimbledon quarter-finals before going down to Djokovic.

Goffin beat Medvedev in five sets during that run to the last eight at Wimbledon, but their head-to-head is level at 1-1 after the Russian won their third round Australian Open encounter in straight sets in January. It’s an interesting match-up, but I think if Medvedev isn’t too fatigued from his busy last three weeks, he should be coming out on top. As mentioned, Goffin hasn’t faced anyone close to a top 10 level this week and is in for a big step up in class on Sunday. There’s always a chance Medvedev could hit the wall - he’s barely had any rest for three weeks - but if the Russian can conjure up one last big performance, he is on the verge of a breakthrough first Masters 1000 title.


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