Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev advanced to the final of the 2021 Canadian Open after a dominating victory over American tennis player John Isner. The scoreline at the end of the match was 6-2, 6-2 in favour of the Russian. He will now face another American, Reilly Opelka in the final on Sunday. Opelka recorded a shock victory over third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to make it to his first-ever ATP Masters 1000 final. He will now have to beat an in-form Medvedev if he is to win his first-ever title. The Russian completely dominated Isner in a match that did not even last an hour. It was all over in 54 minutes.
Medvedev scored 11 aces while Isner could only manage to score four. The Russian committed three double faults whereas Isner had one. On the first serve, Medvedev was absolutely brilliant. His win percentage was a whopping 90% whereas the American only managed 61%. On the second serve, Isner really deteriorated as he just had an 18% win percentage. Medvedev, on the other hand, maintained his form and recorded 88%. The Russian scored four out of seven break points while Isner could not get a single one. Medvedev also won eight service games whereas Isner only managed to win four. Overall, it was an utterly dominating victory for the Russian.
“I feel I’m playing better and better leading to the US Open,” Medvedev said after his incredible victory. “He was not serving like usual and I had to take my opportunities, try and break as much as I could. “I stayed focused and managed to do that,” he added.
Medvedev will have to take this form into the final against Opelka. Opelka is very much a tennis player like Isner. Both are tall and have a very powerful serve. The Russian was full of praise for Opelka when he was speaking about the upcoming final. “He’s been playing great tennis all week,” Medvedev said. “Big credit to him. But a Masters final is never easy; I’ll try to play well and hope to be holding the trophy tomorrow,” he added.
Opelka had won his semi-final tie against Tsitsipas in what was a monumental performance. He took the world number 3 to the absolute limit and managed to beat him. He was over the moon, as expected, after the match. “I’ve played great from the first round against a lot of adversity,” said Opelka, who has also beaten Nick Kyrgios earlier in the competition.
“There are no easy draws at Masters 1000s, every match is a nightmare. But I’ve got a lot of confidence going and I’ve carried it through each match. I’m putting pressure on guys with my serve and they can feel it,” he added.
Tsitsipas was visibly frustrated after his defeat in the semi-finals. He said that he was struggling to deal with his serves and got no rhythm throughout the match. “He prevailed, it just didn’t go my way,” Tsitsipas said. “But there is hope for next time, it’s all right. I struggled with my serve, it was obvious. When you get no rhythm it’s difficult. It silently ruins your game,” he added.