The fifth match between the almost 2-meter youngsters and the first won by Medvedev, but the first among those encounters when he was ranked higher [4 vs 6]. With more solid ground-strokes, the Russian established an early advantage (3:0*, 30/15) over the Russian-German, who levelled up improving his basic strokes, yet once he failed to save the opener (broken at 30 after two successive double faults) it was a one-way traffic to the end. Medvedev has won 9 straight matches not losing a set (!), and reached six consecutive finals (3-all record in them). “This one is also amazing because Shanghai I think is one of the most prestigious Masters [1000 tournaments] on the Tour,” Medvedev said. “Especially in the past 10 years, there were only three players who managed to win this one, so it’s really special to have my photo in the corridor over the next many years.”
Medvedev’s route to his 7th title (2nd Masters 1K):
2 Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-1
3 Vasek Pospisil 7-6(7), 7-5
Q Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6(4)
S Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(5), 7-5
W Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-1
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