David Goffin vs. Daniil Medvedev
Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Lindner Family Tennis Center)
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David Goffin and Daniil Medvedev meet in the final of the 2019 tennis Cincinnati Open.
David Goffin is coming off a straight sets win over Richard Gasquet that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Goffin won 77 percent of his first serve points and 77 percent of his second serve points. Goffin won 77 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his seven break points. Goffin got 58 percent of his first serves in play, saved one of his two break points and hit five aces. Goffin has won each of his last seven sets and he should be well rested considering he didn’t have to play a quarterfinal match and his semifinal contest took less than an hour and a half to complete. Goffin looks to win his first title since the 2017 Japan Open and the fifth title of his career. Goffin has lost eight of his last 10 final appearances overall and is 3-5 in final appearances on hard court. Goffin has won seven of his last 10 matches on hard court.
Daniil Medvedev is coming off a three sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Medvedev won 78 percent of his first serve points and 42 percent of his second serve points. Medvedev won 67 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his three break points. Medvedev got 68 percent of his first serves in play, saved one of his two break points and hit 16 aces. Medvedev was a serving machine in his semifinal victory, and he seemed to get stronger as the match played out. Medvedev now has six wins this year over top-10 players. Medvedev looks to win his first title since this years Sofia Open and the fifth title of his career. Medvedev has lost his last three final appearances, and he’s 4-4 in final appearances on hard court. Medvedev looks to win his first career Masters 1000 title. Medvedev has won 13 of his last 15 matches on hard court.
These two have split the only two meetings, as Medvedev won this years Australian Open in straight sets and Goffin won this years Wimbledon in five sets.
Goffin is playing some of his best tennis in quite some time and is a worthy opponent as long as he gets his first serve in play. The problem is Medvedev has been lights out on hard court pretty much all season and has beaten three top-10 players on hard court since Montreal. The only reason to shy away from Medvedev is a potential arm injury that could impact him now that the adrenaline is gone.
As long as Medvedev gets treatment and is good to go, he should win his first Masters 1000 title.