Medvedev wins the first tournament of the 2022 season – RT Sport News

The Russian world number one beat Cameron Norrie in the final at the Los Cabos Open

World number one in men’s tennis Daniil Medvedev claimed his first title of the 2022 season in Mexico on Saturday night by beating defending Los Cabos Open champion Cameron Norrie.

As seen in the semi-final against Miomir Kecmanovic on Friday, the Russian endured a tough first set won 7-5 before demolishing his British foe 6-0 in the second to clinch his 14th trophy at the ATP tour.

By reaching the final, Medvedev already knew he would retain the top spot in the standings until at least the end of the US Open where he is the reigning king.

Coincidentally, the triumph over Norrie marked his first tournament win since Flushing Meadows, where he beat the great Novak Djokovic, and the 26-year-old was in high spirits after the game after wrapping up a competition where he didn’t not dropped a single set.

“Every match has been very good, but the final is always special”, Medvedev said on the pitch.

“In the final, you’re up against the best player this week, so it’s still a top game and I’m really happy that I managed to show [a] good level, [and make] some good shots in such an important match.”

Despite losing three finals in 2022 and five in total through 2021 at the Paris Masters, Medvedev didn’t panic in his hour and 23 minute win and relished the chance to turn the tide.

“The good thing about tennis is that in a week, you can turn the page on your season” noted the Moscow native in a separate press conference.

“Coming here, I had lost five finals in a row. It’s not good, I want to do better.

“You never know if it’s going to happen or not, and for sure before this final I was a little nervous, a little more than usual. But now I’m really happy [to have won one]”, he added.

In a hard-fought first set, Medvedev required physio treatment after scraping his hand on the court and drawing blood, which he says helped his spell.

“Actually the bleeding helped me a bit I think, so I was able to keep my composure a bit more. Since then I’ve managed to play well and that was enough today,” Medvedev proposed.

After the setback, he then won the last eight games in the final but declared the game “it was not easy”.

“Cam is an amazing player, so it was really intense,” Medvedev revealed. “When you play against Cam, you know you have to fight for every point.”

Finding his rhythm at the right time with the US Open starting August 29, Medvedev now heads to the Canadian Open on Wednesday where he is yet to learn who the final 32nd opponent is.

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