Medvedev defeats Kecmanovic, books Los Cabos title bout with Norry

World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev builds on his US Open title defense with a 7-6 (7/0) 6-1 win over Miomir Kekmanović in the ATP hard-court tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Friday continued.

He booked a title showdown with defending champion and third seed Cameron Norry before defeating second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

By reaching the final for the fourth time this year, No. 1 seed Medvedev is confident he will secure a top-ranked title defense at Flushing Meadows later this month.

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The 38th-ranked fourth-seeded Kecimanovic got off to a strong start against Medvedev in his first appearance since losing in the quarter-finals in Mallorca in June.

The Serb reached the semifinals for the third time this year and took a 4-1 lead, but Medvedev found his range and hit back relentlessly from the baseline.

He got the break back and made it through the tiebreak against a frustrated Kecimanovic. Kechmanovic couldn’t find an answer, but Medvedev extended his second-set lead to 3-0 and was on his way to victory.

“It’s a very tough match,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview. “He got off to a great start and all the first sets were at a great level. I felt he was able to dominate on so many tough points, so many points…the tiebreak was great. is.”

Friday’s action marked the first time since Cincinnati last year that the top four seeds reached the semifinals of an ATP tournament.

Britain’s Norry saved two break points in the final game to earn his first five-try victory over Auger-Aliassime.

“Felix has had me four times in the past, so I really wanted to win going into that match,” said Norrie, who endured 17 aces from the Canadian. “I used to have match point, so I was thinking about it in the back of my mind.”

“It’s never easy,” added the Wimbledon semifinalist. He put out a long forehand on his first match point and then had to fight off a break point before celebrating his return to the Los Cabos final. Wide on the second match point.

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