The inexhaustible Andy Murray would have preferred to end his crazy week with a title, but Daniil Medvedev was too strong for him. The Briton, a regular in three-set thrillers in 2023, failed to push his opponent into a final set (4-6, 4-6). Daniil Medvedev came onto the court as a favorite and held his ground. He no longer knows how to lose on hard court. After winning the title in Rotterdam last week, the Russian has won nine straight matches and now has his 17th trophy. The “real” Daniil Medvedev seems to be back, and has climbed another place in the ATP rankings by overtaking Nadal. He is now seventh, 85 points behind his compatriot Andrey Rublev, who is also competing in Dubai next week.
To reach the final, Medvedev beat Liam Broady, Christopher O’Connell and Felix Auger-Aliassime. He finally challenged an Andy Murray who has spent more than nine hours on court since the beginning of the week. Despite this, the Briton proved once again that with a mentality like his, physicality is a secondary factor. With this victory, the Russian won his third match against Murray, once again on hard court and in two sets.
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