Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
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Medvedev, Zverev Advance To Shanghai Final

Medvedev, Zverev Advance To Shanghai Final

"(All) you can do is hit as hard as you can side to side, be accurate and make him move, otherwise you can just play it back to just keeps coming back".

The tiebreak saw the first 10 points won by the server before Medvedev pounced to capture the opening set as Greek sixth seed Tsitsipas struggled with his backhand.

Seventh-ranked Tsitsipas blinked first, gifting set point when he shanked a forehand and then doing the same moments later to put the Russian a set up. Federer, who was given a warning for "unsportsmanlike conduct" at the end of the second set, vented at the umpire after not being told new balls were in play.

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A handicap line can be considered, but given Tsitsipas' propensity to play tight sets, it would be much more risky than simply the match win position on Medvedev here.

"Same vibes, the same thing all over again", said Tsitsipas of yet another defeat to the Russian. "I hope it's just going to be a good match tomorrow". I felt like I've played some decent tennis this week and being in a Masters 1000 final here in Shanghai is also something very special for me.

Medvedev will meet Alexander Zverev who raced past US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-4 to reach his first final since May in Geneva.

He was on top throughout the match to set up a meeting with Medvedev for the title.

"It's something I could never have dreamed of", the world number four said of his sixth final on the trot.

Despite having a tough 2019 in general, Zverev's hard court numbers this year are still better than Berrettini's (105% combined service/return points won to 103%) and this illustrates that there is no value at the current market prices. But the German defeated 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer on Friday and took that momentum into his last-four clash with the 23-year-old Berrettini.

That made Friday's quarterfinals a huge surprise when the No. 1 and No. 3 players in the world went down in stunning upsets.

In an interview with AFP last month in Zhuhai, southern China, the world number seven gave an insight into the mindset which propelled him to those victories.

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts as he plays against Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation in their men's singles semifinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

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