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Medvedev downs Kecmanovic to book Los Cabos title clash with Norrie

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World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev continued his preparations for defending his US Open title with a 7-6 (7/0), 6-1 victory over Miomir Kechmanovic in the ATP hard court tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico on Friday .

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He booked a title fight with defending champion and third seed Cameron Norrie, who beat Canadian second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

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Having reached Saturday’s final, his fourth this year, the top seeded Medvedev is confident he will take first place in his Flushing Meadows title defense later this month.

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World No. 38 and fourth seed, Kechmanovic got off to a good start against Medvedev, who is playing his first tournament since losing the quarter-finals in Mallorca in June.

The Serbian, having played his third semi-final this year, took a 4-1 lead, but Medvedev found his range and ruthlessly fought back from the back line.

He pulled back the break and in a tie-break beat an upset Kechmanovich, who couldn’t find an answer as Medvedev took a 3-0 lead in the second set on his way to victory.

“A very tough match,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview. “He got off to a great start and the whole first set was great. So many difficult moments, so many moments where I felt I was close to getting the advantage.”

“The tie-break was great.”

Friday’s action marked the first time since Cincinnati last year that the top four seeds made it to the semi-finals of an ATP tournament.

Britain’s Norrie saved a couple of break points in the final game with his first victory over Auger-Aliassime in five attempts and admitted that previous losses weighed him down.

“Felix caught me the last four times, so I really wanted to win that one,” said Norrie, who withstood 17 aces from the Canadian.

“I used to have match points, so I thought about it in the back of my mind.

“It’s never easy,” added the Wimbledon semi-finalist, who swam long from the right on his first match point and then had to fend off a break point before he could celebrate a return to the Los Cabos final when Auger-Aliassime shot wide on his second match point.



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