The Florida conditions were the toughest on the last day of the tournament (Temperature 30°C, Humidity 67%) and Sinner  felt it already in his opening service game when he needed 4 deuces to hold. He broke first at 2-all, but he was heavily breathing, and Medvedev’s  advantage was visible since the Russian broke back immediately. The 2nd set it was actually just waiting for the inevitable. Sinner wasn’t patient enough to keep backhand-to-backhand exchanges while Medvedev found his optimal service rhythm to hold easily a few times. “It’s always going to be a tough, tough challenge for me to play against [Medvedev]. But I feel like I’m getting closer and closer,” Sinner said who also lost to the Russian a final in February. “Even today I felt like that the chances are there, so that’s the good thing and the positive thing.” Medvedev now leads 6-0 against two young guns, Auger (14-3 in sets) & Sinner (12-3 in sets). He has played finals in his five last tournaments, collected four titles (Goran Ivanisevic displayed a similar form in 1996 as far as the first three months are concerned); no doubt he’s the best player in the world of the first quarter of the year. Will he keep this form throughout the season? Three challenging months in front of him because he will be playing only clay & grass, two surfaces he’s not a specialist to deal with.
Medvedev’s route to his 19th title:
2 Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2
3 Alex Molcan w/o
4 Quentin Halys 6-4, 6-2
Q Christopher Eubanks 6-3, 7-5
S Karen Khachanov 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3
W Jannik Sinner 7-5, 6-3
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