A best of three sets match is more or less won in the first set. Medvedev is almost certain of ending the year behind Djokovic at number 2 in the world but a strong finish to 2021 will go a long way in building momentum for the Aussie Open in January. Hugo Gaston has punched above his weight this week and by the looks of this first set he is determined to entertain us. Check out 6-5(30-0). This is an indoor hard court so the ball defied science in the way it dropped after the lob by Hugo. I speculate that moisture inside the Arena contributed to this as well as the type of balls used in the tournament. That was the turning point of the rally anything that Daniil did afterwards Hugo countered well. The tie break was also a close affair separated by one moment at 7-7. Daniil’s overall net coverage has been good all week but here he offered a gap for the Hugo backhand. The ball just couldn’t drop quick enough and the set was gone. These are the fine margins at the top end of the game.

Daniil had his best service game of the tournament in this match. He fired a remarkable 13 Aces and was 76% on first serve. His second serve was weaker only winning 47% of the points on it. The thing for Hugo was that he never had a chance to attack the second serve because Daniil was that good at the first time of asking. But there was a small window opened in the second set. Check out 4-1 to Daniil(adv Hugo) on the Russian’s racquet. Look the key to winning a point against a guy at the net is to play it behind him deep so he get on the defensive. The key to the victory by Medvedev was to always be ahead in the two sets never letting the crowd behind Hugo .When in doubt he reached for the BIG SERVE cross court on either side of the court. Watch match point 5-4(adv Daniil). Daniil will face Sascha Zverev in the semis