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Daniil Medvedev edges Jannik Sinner to win Miami Open
After finishing as runner-up at Indian Wells, the fourth seed finished the job at Hard Rock Stadium for his first Miami title.
Published Apr 02, 2023
WATCH: Daniil Medvedev sealed his fifth career Masters 1000 title with a straight-sets win over Jannik Sinner in Sunday's final.
It's not the Sunshine Double, but it's the next best thing. After finishing as runner-up to Carlos Alcaraz at the BNP Paribas Open, Daniil Medvedev beat Jannik Sinner 7-5, 6-3 in Sunday's final at the Miami Open.
With the win, Medvedev earns his fifth career ATP Masters 1000 crown, and first in nearly two years since he triumphed in 2021 in Toronto. Sinner is now a two-time runner-up in Miami, having previously reached the final two years ago.
While it might not've shown on the scoreboard, the No. 4 seed said post-match he had to overcome his own nerves, as well as the Italian on the other side of the net, to return to the winner's circle at this level.
"I haven't won't such a big title in probably a year and a half," Medvedev said. "At the end I was quite shaky. Not even tight, because I'm not scared to win. But still the hands get a little shaky so the serve is a little bit tougher ... I managed to get myself together and close the match."
In hot and humid conditions that seemed to impact both players at different times of the match, Medvedev came from behind early on in the 94-minute final, as he trailed by a break of serve in the first set. Sinner broke serve at 2-2 at the close of a five-deuce game, but immediately lost serve in his attempt to consolidate to get the match back even. The turning point came later in the nearly hour-long opener, as Medvedev broke a second time to wrap up the set.
Medvedev pulled away from the No. 10 seed in the second set; after they traded breaks in the first three games, he broke for a lead he wouldn't relinquish in the fourth. In his last three service games, he lost just three points, and served out the match at love.
Medvedev also improved to 6-0 against Sinner with the victory, and two of those wins have come this year. He also beat Sinner to win the title in Rotterdam in February. After the match, Sinner credited Medvedev's "brave" play, and also revealed that he wasn't feeling his best after waking up "a little bit sick."
"I don't want to take away anything," he said. "I tried. We went out of the court and we believed, because if you step on the court, you have to believe [you're] trying to win.
"He played well today. He served well. I haven't had many chances on the returning games. I think also today we learned a lot for the next match. Is for me one of the toughest opponents, for sure. The head-to-head says it. Let's see in the next match."
The triumph closes a dominant hard-court stretch for Medvedev after the Australian Open in which he went 24-1. A self-described surface specialist on the hard courts, Medvedev won four titles in five tournaments played after losing to Sebastian Korda in the third round in Melbourne.