Third seed Daniil Medvedev will take on Peter Gojowczyk in the semi-final of the Citi Open on Sunday.
Medvedev has had a great tournament in Washington so far. He has won all his three games in straight sets. He beat Bjorn Fratangelo 6-3, 6-4 in the first round. Medvedev converted two break points and cruised to the win. In the round of 16, he faced Frances Tiafoe. Medvedev prevailed 6-2, 7-5. His serving was a highlight in the game, and he won 82% of the points on his first serve. Medvedev faced Cilic in the quarter-final, and the Croatian was his toughest opponent yet.Embed from Getty Images
Cilic gave him a tough game, but Medvedev beat him 6-4, 7-6(7). The second set was a long one, and Cilic came close to leveling the game. But Medvedev kept his cool to get the win. His serving was once again his strength as he hammered 19 aces in the match. In comparison. Cilic could muster just 6 of his own. After the game, he looked behind on the reasons he won.
“I served really great. That was one of the keys,” Medvedev said. “It was a tight match. I managed to do what I had to do: hold my serve and win the tie-break. I’m really happy with my level of play. But if I play good, if I manage to win matches, I’m going to be higher.”
Medvedev’s last tournament was Wimbledon where he managed to reach the third round. He has won one ATP title already this year. He beat Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 6-3 in the Sofia Open final to win the title. That one came on clay, but three of his previous title have all come on hard courts. He will hope to do the same in Washington.
He will face Peter Gojowczyk in the semi-final. Gojowczyk has come through some close scares in the tournament so far. He lost to Donald Young in the qualifiers, and it looked as though his tournament was over. But Bernard Tomic withdrew which allowed Gojowczyk a path to the main draw. It’s safe to say that he has grabbed that opportunity with both hands.Embed from Getty Images
His first game was a really close one against Andrey Rublev. He had to rely on two tie-breaks to get the better of the Russian in a game which lasted for three sets. Gojowczyk has beaten some quality players in Washington. He beat Alex de Minaur in the next round and Milos Raonic in the round after that. Both those victories came in straight sets for the German. Kyle Edmund was defeated in the quarter-final.
Daniil Medvedev vs Peter Gojowczyk Prediction
Both these players have never met before on tour, but Medvedev will have the edge going into the semi-final. The third seed should get the win and put an end to the great run Gojowczyk has enjoyed in Washington. Gojowczyk will make it tough, but Medvedev will get the win to progress to the final.