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