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Medvedev sends Djokovic packing

18th August 2019, 10:46 by James Mason

Daniil Medvedev came from a set down to defeat Novak Djokovic and book his place in the Western & Southern Open final.

Russian star Medvedev lost the opening set 6-3 but managed to rally from the early setback to win the next two sets by the same scoreline, booking his place in the final of a Masters tournament for the first time.

The 23-year-old's serve was particularly impressive as he inflicted a rare semi-final defeat on defending champion Djokovic, who lost at the last-four stage of a Masters event for the first time in six years.

Medvedev, who will climb to at least seventh in the world in Monday's updated rankings, has lost just two of his last 15 matches and will be contesting his third consecutive final on Sunday.

Both of those defeats have come in finals, having lost to Australian Nick Kyrgios in Washington at the start of the month before suffering defeat against Spanish legend Rafael Nadal in Montreal last Sunday.

The Moscow-born star will go up against Belgian David Goffin for the title after he overcame Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 to also reach his first ATP Masters 1000 final.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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