(CNN) — New from Magnificent World No.1 Novak Djokovic at the semifinals, Russian Daniil Medvedev duly wrapped up his first Masters level title with victory from the Cincinnati final against David Goffin of Belgium Sunday.
Medvedev won 7-6 6-4 in 1 hour 39 minutes to place the seal to the very best week of his emerging career and he will visit the US Open in Flushing Meadow following week as a real threat to the established order.
His hard-fought three-set triumph over Djokovic was the very first time that the Serbian was defeated in a Experts 1000 semifinal sine 2013 and finished a 10-match winning series for the Wimbledon champion, who had been defending his Cincinnati crown.
The 23-year-old from Moscow comes with an unorthodox, but effective fashion and is one of a batch of Next Gen gift that’s about to challenge the likes of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who created an early departure in Cincinnati.
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Runner-up places in Montreal, Washington, Barcelona and Brisbane, with a sole victory coming in the Sofia Open in February, abandoned Medvedev eager to clinch a Major name.
However, in Goffin, the first Belgian to attain a Masters 1000 title, he discovered a decided opponent, using the first set going into a tiebreaker, won convincingly 7-3 by Medvedev.
An immediate break at the onset of the second set put him firmly on the path to success and he kept his nerve to shut out the victory despite suffering from cramp late in the game.
“It is tough to locate words” Medvedev said from the post-match interviews.
“It would not be good to lose 3 finals in a row, so I’m very pleased about that,” he added.
With 44 ATP Tour wins this year, Medvedev can be leading this class from Nadal, who has 41, also has attained more money (six) than any other player.
Earlier, home expect Madison Keys won the WTA event in the place, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, 7-5 7-6, in a closely fought final.