Djokovic advances to final due to sudden withdrawal of Medvedev, wins two consecutive weeks (tennis365.net) – Yahoo! News

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Djokovic, 35, won his 89th career singles title last week at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open (Israel/Tel Aviv, indoor hard, ATP250). In this tournament, the 81st ranked C. Garin (Chile) in the 1st round, the 34th ranked B. van de Zansfulup (Netherlands) in the 2nd round and the 18th ranked K. Khachanov in the quarter-finals. Defeated and decided to advance to the best 4. On the other hand, Medvedev won the Open de Moselle (France/Mets, indoor hard, ATP250) two weeks ago, and in the second round, which was his first match, he defeated Sebastian Wawrinka (Switzerland) 4-6, 7-6 (8-7), 3. Eliminated in a -6 full set. In this tournament, A. Ramos-Vinolas (Spain) placed 40th in the world in the first round, E. Ruth Vuori (Finland) placed 53rd in the second round and R. Bautista-Agu (Spain) finished ranked 21st in the quarter-finals. We qualified for the semi-finals with a straight win. The two have met for the 11th time, with Djokovic winning 6-4 so far. Last year Djokovic had 2 wins and 1 loss, and this year will be the first match. In this game, which started with each other keeping service games in the love games, Djokovic managed to come back in the 6th game immediately after Medvedev took the break in the love game in the 5th game. Still, Medvedev beat Djokovic’s service game again in the seventh game to retain the lead and win the first set. In the second set, with Medvedev dominating the match, Djokovic responded with tenacious jabs, serves, volleys and slices, and both teams continued to serve and entered a tiebreaker. Medvedev took the mini-break on the first point, but Djokovic took four straight. Medvedev caught up and leveled at 5-5, but on the next point Medvedev made a painful volley error and Djokovic grabbed the set point. Djokovic misses once, but scores a second set point to make it 1 set all over. At the end of the second set, Medvedev abruptly withdrew from the match, ending the match unexpectedly. Djokovic qualified for the final. Djokovic will face third-seeded Greek Sebastián Tsitsipas in the final for the second straight week. Tsitsipas qualified for the semi-finals beating No. 5 seed A. Rublev 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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