Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reached a remarkable ninth final of the season after he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(5) 7-5 at the Shanghai Masters.
US Open runner-up Medvedev, chasing his fourth ATP Tour title in a breakthrough 2019 season, will meet Germany’s Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final.
World No.6 Zverev strengthened his position in the Race To London standings with a 6-3 6-4 win over Italian Matteo Berrettini.
Third seed Medvedev won 84 per cent of his first-serve points and saved four of five break points to improve his win-loss record for the calendar year to 58-17.
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.
Serving for the match at 5-4, Medvedev conceded a break after committing four errors.
But he shook off the disappointment by breaking Tsitsipas in the next game and went on to book a spot in his sixth straight final with a clinical serve and volley combination.
“To be honest, I really felt good today and I felt like I could win this match. I didn’t feel bad,” said Tsitsipas, who has yet to beat Medvedev after five career meetings.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to beat him the next time or the time after that one, but I know there’s going to be a time where I’m going to find opportunities and beat him.”
The victory over Berrettini helped Zverev climb to seventh in the points race with 2855 points, 330 more than eighth-placed Berrettini.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Medvedev and Tsitsipas have all booked places in the ATP Finals, with two spots still up for grabs at the season-ending tournament in London.
Zverev heads into his first Shanghai Masters final with a 4-1 head-to-head record against Medvedev, although their most recent meeting came over a year ago in Toronto.
“We’ve played some fantastic matches, all going my way until now. I hope tomorrow that will not change,” fifth seed Zverev said.
“He’s probably the best player in the world right now. I hope it’s just going to be a good match tomorrow.”
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