“In my opinion it was a top match,” said Daniil Medvedev. After the first two sets, Karen Khachanov played “a bad game in the third set”, which led to the decision. “I’m really glad I’m through.”
Medvedev, who started the match with a 3-1 record against his opponent, kept the upper hand in a tight first set. The 2021 US Open winner decided the tiebreak 7: 5 in his favor.
As a result, the pendulum swung in favor of Khachanov. The 26-year-old took the first service game from Medvedev and took a 2-0 lead. Khachanov maintained his level, repelling the only break point and leveling in the sets.
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Medvedev turned the tables and got a break to make it 3-1 in the decisive round.
An advantage that the fifth in the world rankings could not be denied. After two hours and 17 minutes, Medvedev made it into the final perfectly.
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The Russian continued his successful run. After the Australian Open, which ended in round three, Medvedev won back-to-back competitions in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai.
At the Indian Wells Masters, he only failed in the final against Carlos Alcaraz. Miami is now the fifth final in a row, overall Medvedev has won 28:3 this year – an outstanding record.
“I think I reached six finals in 2019, so I have some leeway,” Medvedev joked. “It’s a shame that the clay court season is coming, but I’ll try,” said the 27-year-old, who never made a secret of his aversion to the red surface.
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