Fifth Masters 1K this year, and Medvedev  – as a best players born in the 90s – for the third time faced a player born in the 00s in the final: after losing to Alcaraz, and defeating Sinner, Medvedev beat Rune  who had an impressive run in his first Italian Open, eliminating i.a. Djokovic in the rain-interrupted quarterfinal… The 1st set was ugly, the Russian missed many returns he normally doesn’t miss, but without consequences. The 20-year-old Dane jumped to a 2:0* lead in the 2nd set, later on he broke again to lead 5:3, but couldn’t serve the set out being two points away from it. At 5-all he squandered a mini set point and lost in straights. “It was a tough match,” Medvedev said. “I think we were both a bit nervous at the start and I think we were both missing our basics. We were missing some easy shots, so I am happy I managed to step it up at the end of the first set. But then at the start of the second set he stepped it up straight away and I was like ‘OK, this is the moment I have to start playing better and go to his level’. Then it was a top match from this stage.” Thanks to this victory, Medvedev advances to no. 2 which guarantees him avoiding the main favorite to the title in Paris, Alcaraz, before the final. Medvedev has played Aussie Open & US Open finals, so the French Open final would be really incredible giving achievements of other guys born in the 90s.
Medvedev’s route to his 20th title (first on clay):
2 Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 6-2
3 Bernabe Zapata Miralles 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
4 Alexander Zverev 6-2, 7-6(3)
Q Yannick Hanfmann 6-2, 6-2
S Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 7-5
W Holger Rune 7-5, 7-5
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