Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev was absolutely delighted after winning his fourth Masters title in Toronto on Sunday. Medvedev, who was seeded at No. 1, overcame American Reilly Opelka in the Toronto Masters final 6-4 6-3.
Before the tournament started, Medvedev said it would be a failure for him not to reach the final. Not only that Medvedev reached the final but he made it all the way. "I could not have dreamt of [this] at one point,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“With Masters, with Novak [Djokovic] and Rafael [Nadal] playing, it seemed like an untouchable achievement. Now I have four wins in five finals, which is a good score. I am just happy. I want to achieve more. I am really happy I achieved this in Canada.
“Even today, he [Opelka] showed up, he played some really good points. He was fighting until the end, he saved break points in crucial moments. Playing your first [Masters 1000] final is not easy. I played my first in Canada and won only three games.
”Playing Canada and Cincinnati, the goal is to win as many matches as possible. I was able to do it two years ago and I will try and do it again”.
Medvedev's return key in the win over Opelka
Two years ago, Medvedev was beaten by Rafael Nadal in the Montreal Masters final.
Now, Medvedev owns a 4-1 record in the Masters finals. "When you play Reilly, I think still the biggest factor is how you serve and how you return. Actually, my serve was not on top point today. That's why I had breakpoints to save.
That's why it was sometimes close calls on my serve," Medvedev said. "But I was very good on return. I managed to put pressure on him almost nonstop. I think he didn't almost have maybe one or two easy games in the match.
That's what made the difference, if we talk about tennis. "[When] I played my first Masters final, I was happy just to be there playing against Rafa. I always try my best, but something was wrong, so I lost super easy and super fast.
It can be the same for everybody. I know for me I think experience is the key... This week he beat some really strong guys to be in the final, so probably next time in the final [we] can wait for a more dangerous Reilly than today."