Daniil Medvedev, the current world No. 1, claimed that Miomir Kecmanovic was a very tough opponent after preserving his position at the top until at least the end of the US Open. In the Los Cabos semifinal on Friday, Medvedev defeated Kecmanovic 7-6 (0) 6-1.
As long as the US Open is still going on, Medvedev will be ranked first thanks to his victory in the Los Cabos final. According to the ATP website, Medvedev commented after defeating Kecmanovic, “Very tough match.” “His opening set was excellent, and he got off to a tremendous start.
There were so many challenging moments and instances where I thought I might have the upper hand. The tie-breaker worked well.”
Medvedev triumphed in straight sets to advance.
Kecmanovic got things going in the fourth game by winning the first break of the match to take a 3-1 lead.
Medvedev faced a break point in the fifth game, but Kecmanovic made a stop to secure a 4-1 victory. Medvedev may not have broken Kecmanovic back in the fifth game, but he did in the seventh. The rest of the first set saw no additional break points, so a tie-break was required to determine the match.
The opening set was a close match up to the tie-break, which Medvedev won without conceding a single point. Medvedev dominated the tie-break in the first set and led 3-0 to begin the second. Before serving out the match in the following game, Medvedev secured his second break to open a 5-1 lead in the sixth game.
Medvedev completed one point in the first set tie-break with a flicked backhand pass. Medvedev attempted to excite the crowd after making his point. With a chuckle, Medvedev remarked, “I’m not the kind of guy to ask [for the crowd to applaud] like this. I thought, “This one was good, let’s try to pump it up a little bit,” since I made a really solid point.