Medvedev defeats Raonic and reaches the final of the Paris Masters Championship


PARIS (Reuters) – Russian Daniel Medvedev, the third seed, reached the final of the Paris Masters Championship with a landslide 6-4 7-6 (4) win over Canadian Milos Raonic on Saturday.

Medvedev hit 31 winners for 12 easy errors in a muffled atmosphere at the Percy Circuit, where the tournament is held without an audience amid government restrictions to contain the high incidence of Coronavirus in France.

The 24-year-old, who arrived in Paris after losing five of his previous matches, broke 3-2 as Raonic made another non-forced foul with a forehand kick.

Then they both remained strong in the service and Medvedev, who had saved six from seven break-points, scored the first set with a timely shot and a shot on his first chance.

Raonic dropped his service in the eleventh game of the second set, but broke straight back to impose a tiebreak, as he was out of the ordinary, and Medvedev concluded his serve with a shot.

“At some crucial moments, he found a way to be a little more aggressive. He dictated a little more,” said Roenich. “I was trying to change the pace. But maybe I’m starting to find a rhythm for that too late.”

In his fourth final at the Masters tournament, Medvedev will face either German fourth-seed Alexander Zverev or number one Rafael Nadal, who is looking to win his first title in the Paris Masters Championship.

(Prepared by Julian Brittott, Editing by Christian Radnage)

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