Daniil Medvedev achieved his 17th career's ATP title after defeating Andy Murray in Saturday's final of ATP 250 tournament in Doha. The former world's number one earned the victory after a straight-set win 6-4 6-4. Medvedev started the match strongly with an early break and increasing the advantage into double-break after 5 games. The Scot started making up by breaking his opponent in 6th game and had even a chance to level the service, while having a breakpoint in 8th game. The Russian defended it well tough, winning a first set 6-4 eventually. Second set started similarly, when Medvedev gained a break in first game. Murray leveled the score in 6th game, but the US Open 2021 champion regained his advantage and crossed the line with a victory.
February is the month of redemption for Medvedev, who is currently on the run of 10 match wins in the row, taking the back-to-back titles in two weeks. It also means the advance into 7th place in next ATP ranking, just a week after the top 10 comeback. Andy Murray will earn the notable advance from 70th to 52th place in the rankings after an impressive week in Doha, where he managed to advance into final after four three-sets battles and defending match points in two of them. Both players are heading into Dubai, where they will attend in the upcoming ATP 500 tournament in next week.
Here are the final's highlights:
While the tournament in Doha is already over, the ATP 250 in Marseille will be emerged tomorrow by the final match against Hubert Hurkacz and Benjamin Bonzi. The Pole defeated Alexander Bublik 6-4 7-6(4). The tournament's seed #1 was defending three breakpoints in the 4th game of opening set, but managed to defend them all and broke his opponent in the following game which was enough to take the opening set. Hurkacz was still the player putting more pressure on his opponent, creating the couple of breakpoints after the start of second set. Both players held their service till the tiebreak. Hurkacz turned out to be better there and advanced to the final, much more comfortably than during his two previous matches, both ended up in three sets.
Benjamin Bonzi will try to take his maiden ATP title on Sunday, as he advanced to the final after beating the fellowcountry Arthur Fils in two sets 6-4 6-4. The Frenchman plays a great season so far, as the tournament in Marseille is the second after ATP 250 Pune, where he advanced to the final. The challenge for the favorite of local fans will be difficult tough, as Hubert Hurkacz will be the favorite of the final clash. The Pole has already played in 6 finals of the events on ATP level and won 5 out of it.
Here are the highlights of the semis in Marseille: