The strong man of the Masters is indeed Daniil Medvedev. At 24 hours of his long-awaited semi-final against Rafael Nadal, for which he was already qualified, the Russian did not make it in the lace against Diego Schwartzman (6-3, 6-3), in 1h13 of play The world number 4 climbed into the last four with full confidence, thanks to his three victories (the only one in the tournament) without any set conceded. Quite the opposite of the Argentinian, who left London with three lapels in the bag (the only one in the tournament…).
We wondered how Daniil Medvedev was going to approach his last group match of the Masters, since he had already composted his ticket for the semi-finals after his convincing success against Novak Djokovic. If he sometimes gave the impression of being a little too relaxed, probably in order to spare his efforts, the Russian did not have to force his talent to win against a Diego Schwartzman unable to respond to the opposition. From the first game, the Argentine had to fight to erase three break points. But the fourth was the right one for Medvedev, who then went on to obtain the double break synonymous with the first round in his pocket (6-3).
Medvedev builds up confidence
Solid on his faceoff (74% first balls for 86% points won) and opportunistic in return, Medvedev gave the feeling of being able to accelerate when he wanted. On the rare long exchanges of the meeting, he always struck the blow necessary to disgust the Argentinian, too tender and too often stunned. In the second set, the number 9 in the ATP standings could have immediately erased his conceded break, at 1-3, but his only two opportunities to take the service of the Russian ended in failure. Behind, Medvedev never doubted and was able to fold the case quietly (6-3).
The operation is perfect for Medvedev, who spent only 1:13 on the court without having to work to get rid of Schwartzman, the equivalent of a big training. On the eve of the fight that awaits him against Nadal for a place in the final, that will count. The Russian remains in any case on his momentum of the Masters 1000 de Bercy, which he won against Alexander Zverev. The Spaniard, who still dreams of hanging the Masters on his record, knows what to expect.