Daniil Medvedev is the new champion of the Open 13 of Marseille, as after an exciting final, he overcame the resistance of Pierre-Hugues Herbert in three sets.
Medvedev did not have an easy afternoon, but in the end he managed to get the victory over Herbert with 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4, after 2 hours and 11 minutes of a very good final.
After 3 consecutive breaks in the 1st set, 2 for the Russian and one for the Frenchman, Medvedev went ahead 4-3 and kept his serve in the next two games, to win it 6-4.
In the 2nd set both players had their chances, but neither of them made the break. The tie-break gave the solution and there the 29-year-old Frenchman was better, to win it fairly with 7-4 and to continue the very ambiguous match.
In the 3rd set, there was no breakpoint until the 10th game when Medvedev was ahead 5-4 and found the opportunity to push his opponent, to reach 15-40 and finally use his first championship point, for to take the victory and become champion for the first time in Marseille.
He became the 3rd player from Russia to win the Open 13, after Yevgeny Kafelnikov (2001) and Karen Khachanov (2018). This was the 10th title overall in his career (10-7) in finals, first for this season.
Recall that regardless of the course he would take this week, Medvedev had secured his rise to No. 2 in the world rankings for the first time next Monday, but as he said in his statements after the match, this title makes him to feel that it is worth it even more.
Herbert also had an amazing week, knocking out Kei Nishikori and defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas on his way to the final. It was the 4th final career for the Frenchman, but he did not manage to win his 1st title (0-4). However, he is expected to win 18 places and be at No. 75 in the world tomorrow, from No. 93 this week.