rg99medvedev_meligeni

Points won by each set: [ 48-46, 22-29, 28-28, 47-44 ]
Points won directly on serve:
24 % Medvedev – 37 of 154
14 % Meligeni – 20 of 138

A 3-hour match, one of the most unexpected semifinals in the tournament history, also a rare case that in a 4-setter the loser won more points being relatively close to win all sets he lost (in points: 1, 8, 1 respectively). It was a lifetime opportunity for them both, very tough to indicate a favorite because they both were in tremendous form beating two Top 10ers each en route to the semis: Meligeni was ranked higher [54 vs 100], but with much less experience at the biggest stages, moreover he lost his two previous meetings to Medvedev. Here is a fragmentary progress of each set:
1st set: Meligeni led *4:0 (15/0), 5:4* (40/15), and he squandered 5 set points in total in the longest 8-deuce game (had the best chance to convert the first set point, but played tentative backhand running forwards & Medvedev lobbed him with a backhand volley)
2nd set: Medvedev led 3:1*
3rd set: Meligeni led 3:1* (30-all)… at 4-all he lost two games quickly
4th set: Meligeni led 4:2* (40/15), then recovered from a 0:4 deficit in the tie-break to hold a set point at 6:5* – the Ukrainian saved it with a forehand down the line winner to clinch it 8/6… One month later they face each other for the fourth and last time, in Kitzbuhel, and Meligeni wins 6-1 6-3.

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