Russia’s Daniil Medvedev remarkably reached his ninth final of the season as he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(5) 7-5 at the Shanghai Masters on Saturday.
U.S. Open runner-up Medvedev, chasing his fourth ATP Tour title in a breakthrough 2019 season, will meet Germany’s Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final.
Third seed Medvedev won 84% of his first-serve points and saved four of five break points to improve his win-loss record for the calendar year.
The tiebreak saw the first 10 points won by the server before Medvedev pounced to capture the opening set as Greek sixth seed Tsitsipas struggled with his backhand.
Serving for the match at 5-4, Medvedev conceded a break after committing four errors.
But he shook off the disappointment by breaking Tsitsipas in the next game and went on to book a spot in his sixth straight final with a clinical serve and volley combination.
World number six Zverev strengthened his position in the Race To London standings with a 6-3 6-4 win over Italian Matteo Berrettini.
The victory helped Zverev climb to seventh with 2,855 points in the race, 330 points more than eighth-placed Berrettini.