Daniil Medvedev beat Jannik Sinner to wins the Miami Masters title on Sunday.
The Russian claimed his fourth ATP title of the year with an emphatic 7-5, 6-3 victory over Italy’s Sinner in the final in Miami on Sunday.
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Sinner had upset world number one and defending champion Carlos Alcaraz in Friday’s semi-final, but the 21-year-old struggled in the heat against the fourth seed Medvedev.
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The win was Medvedev’s 19th career ATP title and his fifth in a Masters 1000 event and confirmed his dominance on hard courts in 2023.
Sinner, also beaten in the Miami final two years ago and now with a 0-6 record against the Russian, said he had not been at 100%.
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“We woke up this morning not at my best, I felt a little bit sick….unfortunately today I couldn’t play at my best,” said the Italian who, however said there had been no question of him pulling out of the contest.
“No, it was not that bad. But, you know, with the heat, when you run a lot, it gets a little bit worse and worse. Obviously the first half an hour we played in the sun also,” he said.
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The Italian needed attention from the ATP trainer in the tough opening set.
Sinner, looking uncomfortable in the bright sunshine, took a pill along with a powder in his water in the 87 F (30.5 C) heat.
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Medvedev’s 19 ATP Tour wins have come at 19 different events, but he had not won a Masters 1000 event since Toronto in 2021.
“I’m really happy. Today was a tough match. It was probably the hottest day and the most humid during the day,” Medvedev said.
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The 27-year-old has now won five of the six hard-court ATP Masters 1000s and has also reached the final at both hard-court Grand Slams, winning the 2021 US Open.
“I haven’t won’t such a big title in probably a year and a half. At the end I was quite shaky,” he said.
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Now he must turn his attention to the clay courts where he has had much less success.
“I love hard courts, If it would be my choice there would be only hard courts,” he joked.