On Saturday, Daniil Medvedev achieved his personal best, securing his 64th tour-level win of the season. He did so by defeating his long-time rival Stefanos Tsitsipas with a score of 6-4, 7-6(6), earning a spot in the Erste Bank Open final for the second consecutive year.
As the top seed, Medvedev displayed remarkable consistency and control over the tempo of rallies at the ATP 500 event, often positioning himself deep behind the baseline.
He committed just 10 unforced errors and successfully saved all three break points he faced during the match. This victory marked his 36th tour-level final and ninth of the season, achieved in one hour and 44 minutes.
Medvedev, 27 years old, has a 9-4 record against Tsitsipas in their Lexus ATP Head2Head series, solidifying his position as the player with the most wins on the Tour in 2023, surpassing Carlos Alcaraz (63-9). In the upcoming final, he will be aiming for his 65th win of the season and a potential sixth title when he faces either Jannik Sinner or Andrey Rublev on Sunday.
A triumph in Vienna would mark a significant milestone for Medvedev, as it would be his first successful title defense on the ATP Tour. Despite winning 20 tour-level singles titles, he has never won the same event more than once.
The semi-final was marked by high-quality play from both players, featuring consistent aggression. Medvedev delivered 22 winners to Tsitsipas’ 29, while Tsitsipas, the World No. 3, displayed an impressive performance on serve, winning 84 percent (41/49) of points behind his first delivery.
In the closely contested second set, two forehand errors from Tsitsipas in the tie-break at 6/6 ultimately determined the outcome.
Medvedev’s Pursuit of Third ATP 500 Title
Daniil Medvedev is on a quest for his third ATP 500 title of the year, all of them on hard courts, following his victories in Rotterdam and Dubai. Earlier in the week, he faced grueling three-set challenges against Grigor Dimitrov and Karen Khachanov. However, in his recent match against Tsitsipas, he appeared to be at his best.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, on the other hand, had his sights set on his fourth final appearance of the season, with a previous win in Los Cabos. He leaves Vienna occupying the sixth position in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin with 3,875 points, holding an 820-point lead over the ninth-placed Taylor Fritz, who is currently outside the qualification cut. The top eight players in this race will secure their spots at the Nitto ATP Finals, scheduled from November 12 to 19. Notably, Medvedev has already secured his place in Turin.