Daniil Medvedev Back to Winning Ways Following Splendid Victory at ATP Marseille 2021

Published 03/14/2021, 11:31 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Daniil Medvedev won his tenth ATP title after emerging victorious in the ATP Marseille final. The Russian got past Pierre Hugues Herbert in a tough three-setter final that lasted for 2 hours and 14 minutes.

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With the triumph, Daniil will now be the new World No.2 when the rankings are updated tomorrow. After suffering a shock loss to Dusan Lajovic in ATP Rotterdam, this is a welcome change for Medvedev ahead of the all-important Miami Open.

Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi-final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Strong first set from Daniil Medvedev

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The first set was very straightforward. Medvedev staked his claim for the title from the first point itself, but Herbert was not letting go. The Frenchmen had a disciplined set but Medvedev ultimately proved a tough challenge for him.

The set saw its first break point when Herbert was serving at 2-2. Herbert was down 40-0 on his serve, and the Russian needed a second break point. But uncharacteristically, Medvedev was broken in the very next game as Herbert leveled the set 3-3.

But that was clearly a blip as Medvedev continued his intensity to break Herbert again and lead 4-3. Herbert was put under pressure early on as Medvedev looked to close the set early. But later on his serve, Medvedev won the opening set 6-4. Medvedev had a great set with his serve and had a small blip before regaining control.

Comeback from Pierre Hugues Herbert

The second set started off on a tough note for Herbert as he faced some severe pressure from Medvedev. The Russian, though, failed to convert break points, and Herbert held a tough game to start the second set. Yet Medvedev tailed off a little and gave Herbert a chance to come back.

Herbert had a host of break points, but Medvedev fended the French. But the Russian had a huge breakdown in form. Medvedev was barely hanging on as Herbet asserted his claim for the match. The second set headed to the tiebreaker and Medvedev took the initial lead of 4-2.

But Herbert made a good comeback and won five points in a row and won the tiebreaker 7-4 and thus the second set to level the match.

Daniil Medvedev’s 10th ATP title

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The third set was cagey for both the players. Medvedev and Herbert had multiple 40-0 holds. The third set went ahead as both the players were level at 4-4.

With Medvedev leading 5-4, the pressure was on Herbert. The French player to Medvedev’s pleasure loosened under pressure. Later Medvedev suddenly got two match points, which he converted and won the match: 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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