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Medvedev reaches Vienna final and moves closer to sealing Turin berth

Daniil Medvedev won against Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday. He’ll play the winner of the match between Canadian Denis Shapovalov and Croat Borna Coric in the final

Daniil Medvedev at the 2022 Vienna Open Daniil Medvedev at the 2022 Vienna Open Image Credit: AI/ Reuters/ Panoramic

Top seed Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, moved into the final of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna with a straight sets win over former world No 3 Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday afternoon.

Medvedev needed an hour and 25 minutes to beat Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2 at the Wiener Stadthalle in a match in which he did not face a single break point on his serve.

The Russian has not lost his serve this week during the tournament (facing only one break point). The win also improves his record against the Bulgarian to 4-2.

Medvedev, ranked No 4, will play the winner of the second semi-final between Canadian Denis Shapovalov and Croatian Borna Coric next.

The win also puts the Russian in good stead to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin. With five berths already booked, Medvedev is currently the pleading player for the sixth spot.

The Russian, who is playing his first tournament as a father, has not dropped a set en route to reaching his fifth final of 2022. He had defeated Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (6-2, 6-2), Austrian Dominic Thiem (6-3, 6-3) and Italian Jannik Sinner, the No 6 seed (6-4, 6-2) earlier in the tournament.

The Russian is 1-3 in finals in 2022 so far and 14-12 lifetime in ATP Tour finals. 13 of those 14 titles have come on hardcourts (indoor or outdoor).

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