Medvedev  lost the opener in quite bizarre circumstances. There was 2:3* (30/40) when his serve was long, but no call, Thiem replied and Medvedev played a casual volley from no-man’s land netting the ball. The Russian wanted to challenge his serve, but the umpire explained him he couldn’t do that because hit the volley. The angry Medvedev lost another two games and the set actually not trying. He had his chances to win another two sets, blowing set points in them both. In the 2nd set he led 5:3* (30/0), at 5-all he squandered five mini-set points (Thiem hit his big first serve every time, four times to BH, once to FH). In the 9/7 tie-break the Austrian  saved a set point at 5:6 with a service winner to Medvedev’s BH. In the initial phase of that tie-break, Thiem sprained his ankle a bit, and it seemed like an easy 3rd set for Medvedev. The Russian led 4:1* (40/30), but Thiem escaped again, saving SP at 3:5 on return. In the 7/5 tie-break he already led 5:1. After the semifinal, Thiem admitted it was his toughest straight set win.
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