Ef­fi­cient Medvedev proves too strong for Fucso­vics

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES SPORT -

Sofia: Big-hit­ting Rus­sian Daniil Medvedev brushed aside Hun­gary’s Mar­ton Fucso­vics 6-4 6-3 on Sun­day to win the Sofia Open ti­tle.

Third seed Medvedev, who turns 23 on Mon­day, was at his dev­as­tat­ing best as he gave the hap­less Hun­gar­ian a bru­tal lesson to claim his fourth career ti­tle.

At­tack­ing the lines with ma­chine-like pre­ci­sion, Medvedev was in com­plete con­trol and broke the un­seeded Hun­gar­ian, who won his maiden ti­tle in Geneva last year, four times.

The world num­ber 16 con­verted his first cham­pi­onship point af­ter break­ing Fucso­vics’s serve to love. de France on Sun­day, win­ning his 17th career ti­tle and deny­ing his coun­try­man a first. Tsonga broke the sev­enth-seeded Her­bert’s serve three times and dropped only four points through­out the match on his own serve.

The 33-year-old Tsonga was out for seven months last year fol­low­ing a left-knee in­jury. His pre­vi­ous ti­tle was in Oc­to­ber 2017 at the Euro­pean Open in An­twerp.

He also beat Her­bert, who owns a career grand slam in dou­bles, in their two pre­vi­ous matches. Her­bert has now lost his three sin­gles fi­nals on the ATP Tour.

Cory Joseph came off the bench to fin­ish with 10 points, nine re­bounds and 10 as­sists. Do­man­tas Sabo­nis did not score in the first half, but fin­ished with 13 points and 10 re­bounds, also off the bench.

Re­serve Jor­dan Clark­son led Cleve­land with 18 points. A day af­ter see­ing his first ac­tion af­ter miss­ing the pre­vi­ous 50 games, Cleve­land’s Kevin Love did not play. The Pac­ers dodged a bul­let when Myles Turner suf­fered a right knee in­jury early in the third pe­riod.

AFP

MAN IN FORM: Rus­sia’s Daniil Medvedev hits a re­turn against Hun­gary’s Mar­ton Fucso­vics in the fi­nal of Sofia Open on Sun­day

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