Last update: August 06, 2022, 2:39 PM IST
Daniil Medvedev will arrive in New York this month as the top seed defending his US Open title after the Russian confirmed his stay as world number one by reaching the final in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Friday.
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A ban on Russian players at Wimbledon due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine forced Medvedev to miss a grass-court major and he arrived in Mexico for the ATP 250 event with his top ranking at risk.
But the 26-year-old’s 7-6(0), 6-1 semi-final victory over Serbia’s Miomir Cecmanovic guaranteed a second leg in the men’s rankings at least to the hard-court major at Flushing Meadows.
“Very tough match,” Medvedev said on court. “He started very well and the first set was very good. A lot of tough points, a lot of points where I felt like I was close to getting the edge. The tiebreak was great.
Medvedev will look to win his first title of the year in his fourth final of the 2022 season on Saturday.
After losing to Rafa Nadal in the final of the Australian Open earlier in the year, Medvedev also lost championship matches on grass in the Netherlands and Germany.
His opponent on Saturday will be Britain’s 12th seed Cameron Norrie, the reigning champion in Los Cabos, who beat Canada’s Felix Auger-Eliasime 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the other semi-final. gave
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