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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 33-36, 39-35 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    45 % Kyrgios – 34 of 74
    36 % Medvedev – 25 of 69

    A junction meeting of different paths: Kyrgios [52] hasn’t achieved anything interesting since then (when I write it more than two years later), while Medvedev [10] began his pursuit of becoming the second best player in the world (he has had this privilege for the past two years). The Russian was a fresh Top 10er at the time, but he failed at Roland Garros & Wimbledon ’19, so when the Washington event kicked off, not many people would be surprised if he lost the Top 10 status to the end of that season.
    Kyrgios signalised problems with his back already after five games, but he waited to the end of the set to take a medical time-out. Medvedev won his first 15 points on serve, didn’t drop a point afterwards in another 11 points, so when he led *4:1 in the tie-break it seemed impossible he wouldn’t lead 1:0 in sets. Despite 5:2 & 6:5* (an ace on set point) he lost the tie-break though, thus first 26 of 27 points he won on serve (96%), then only 2 of 5 (40%) when it mattered the most. In the 2nd set Kyrgios physically looked much better comparing to his previous self, he escaped from losing the set at *5:6 (30-all) with good serving, and finished the event with two aces in a row… Medvedev also played finals another two weeks, in bigger tournaments (Montreal, Cincinnati) and those three weeks on hardcourts in North America, turned him from a solid Top 20 player in the years to come into a massive force of men’s tennis.

    Kyrgios’ route to his 6th title:
    1 T.S. Kwiatkowski 7-5, 6-4
    2 Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6(5)
    3 Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2, 7-5
    Q Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-3
    S Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(7) – 1 m.p.
    W Daniil Medvedev 7-6(6), 7-6(4)

    Serve & volley: Kyrgios 7/9, Medvedev 0

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