When he broke Novak Djokovic's unbeaten start to the season at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Friday, Daniil Medvedev moved to within one victory of winning his third consecutive tour-level championship.
Medvedev was locked in from ball one in the fourteenth installment of their rivalry, winning 6-4, 6-4 to extend his winning streak to 13 games. To deflect Djokovic's ball-striking, the third seed positioned himself far behind the baseline. In comparison to Djokovic's 38 unforced errors, Medvedev made just 12. He also moved quickly across the court, chasing down several drop drops, and eventually won the match after 1 hour and 35 minutes.
In February, the 27-year-old won titles at the tour level in Rotterdam and Doha. When he takes on Andrey Rublev in the final on Saturday, he will look to win his 18th tour-level championship and 17th on hard courts.