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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 33-28, 40-29 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    40 % Medvedev – 21 of 52
    30 % Opelka – 24 of 78

    ”I could not have dreamt of [this] at one point,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview. “With Masters, with Novak [Djokovic] and Rafael [Nadal] playing, it seemed like an untouchable achievement. Now I have four wins in five finals, which is a good score. I am just happy. I want to achieve more. I am really happy I achieved this in Canada.” The crucial moment came at 2:1* (40/0) for Opelka [32] in the opener after two consecutive double faults: Medvedev [2] saved the first BP with a rally, another two with good serves and broke in the following game with a backhand return winner standing 5-6 meters behind the baseline. Opelka tried to keep high percentage of the first serve and applied serve-and-volley tactics as an element of surprise, but Medvedev had answers to that and defeated a second giant in a row (the tallest semifinal line-up in ATP history, 202 cm).

    Medvedev’s route to his 12th title:
    2 Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
    3 James Duckworth 6-2, 6-4
    Q Hubert Hurkacz 2-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5)
    S John Isner 6-2, 6-2
    W Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-3

    # Medvedev 2 & 3 points away to lose the tie-breaks to Hurkacz, at *2:3 (15/40) in the 2nd set the Russian saved the double BP with powerful serves. The Pole went through the match being unbroken, won 10 points more in total.

    Serve & volley: Medvedev 0, Opelka 3/8

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