Posted on: November 16, 2019 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

first_imgA resilient Daniil Medvedev changed tactics midway through the second set and shocked world number one Novak Djokovic 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals on Saturday.After losing the first set, the Russian ninth seed decided he had nothing to lose midway through the second.He became more aggressive in general and on second serve in particular, and the complexion of the match changed in a heartbeat as the previously dominant Djokovic suddenly looked vulnerable.”I was so tired in the first set and playing Novak, I thought I’m not going to be able to keep the intensity,” world number eight Medvedev said in a courtside interview with ESPN.”Then there was one momentum change in the second and I just started playing unbelievable.”Asked why he had started bombing his second serve, Medvedev said it was par for the course when behind.”I do it all the time when my second serve doesn’t work. Novak, he was destroying me on the second serve so at one moment, at three-all, love-30 I’m like okay, what’s the matter.”He reeled off four successive points, including an ace on second serve, to hold and then broke Djokovic in the next game by ripping a winner down the line to seize the initiative.Medvedev never looked back and he was delighted to win a match he acknowledged would often have slipped away in the past.”Many (other) matches like this I would go crazy and break the racket and lose 6-3 6-3,” he said.advertisementMedvedev, who also beat Djokovic in April at Monte Carlo, will play Belgian David Goffin in the final on Sunday.It will be the third successive final for 23-year-old Medvedev, who lost to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafa Nada in Montreal.Also Read | Knee injury puts Naomi Osaka’s US Open title defence in doubtAlso See:last_img

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