Canada Flashback: Daniil Medvedev eases past Dominic Thiem in under an hour

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Daniil Medvedev played on a high level in the summer of 2019. The Russian reached four consecutive finals during the North American hard-court swing and won one title. Daniil lost a tight title clash in Washington to Nick Kyrgios and gathered momentum ahead of Montreal.

Daniil Medvedev lost 13 games overall in the first three encounters in Canada and reached the second Masters 1000 semi-final after Monte Carlo thanks to a dominant 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Dominic Thiem in 57 minutes! A few months earlier in Barcelona, Medvedev won just four games against Thiem and avenged that defeat in Montreal with an interest to remain on the title course.

Dominic won the title in Kitzbuhel the previous week and could not make a quick transition toward a different surface on another continent. The Austrian beat Denis Shapovalov and Marin Cilic but lost all the energy ahead of the encounter with an in-form Russian.

It was all about Daniil, who hit 18 winners and eight unforced errors, leaving pale opponent on a 9-21 ratio. The Austrian left the court grimaced, playing miles below his best and ending the campaign in the quarters. The Russian lost seven points on serve and stole half of those return ones.

He dominated the quickest and more extended rallies to impose his shots and forge the advantage with four breaks from nine opportunities.

Daniil Medvedev stormed over Dominic Thiem in Montreal 2019.

Dominic lost serve in the encounter’s first game when his backhand slice landed long and found himself 2-0 down after Medvedev’s hold at love.

Thiem held at 15 in game three to get his name on the scoreboard. Still, he could not deal with Daniil’s powerful serves, as the Russian opened a 3-1 advantage. Working hard to stay in touch, Thiem grabbed a couple of games on his serve before sending a forehand wide at 3-5 to hand the opener to his opponent after 29 minutes.

Daniil brought the second set’s first game home with a lucky net cord forehand winner and earned a break at love in the next one following Thiem’s double fault. Another forehand winner pushed Daniil 3-0 in front, and he delivered a break in game four to extend the advantage.

The Russian held at 15 with a perfect drop shot to move 5-0 up and closer to the finish line, winning twice as many points as Dominic. Serving to avoid a bagel in game six, Thiem saved a match point after a backhand error from the Russian and brought it home with a smash winner.

Serving at 5-1, Daniil landed an ace down the T line to seal the deal in style, racing into the semis where he would face another Russian Karen Khachanov.

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