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Los Cabos / Medvedev tops Norrie for title

The world number one Daniil Medvedev defeated the defending champion Cameron Norrie to claim the Abierto de Tenis Mifel title 7-5 6-0 to claim his first trophy of the season and the first since winning the US Open last year.

In the final, you play the best player of this week, so it’s always a high-level match and I’m really happy that I managed to show some good level, some good shots in such an important match Daniil Medvedev

Since then, the 26-year-old had lost in five finals but did not concede a set during the week in what was his debut at the Los Cabos event in Mexico.

“Every match was very good, but the final is always special,” Medvedev commented after his victory.

“In the final, you play the best player of this week, so it’s always a high-level match and I’m really happy that I managed to show some good level, some good shots in such an important match.”

Medvedev, who was banned from Wimbledon as a result of his country’s invasion of the Ukraine, had two set points on his serve in the tenth game but was broken as the British No.1 Norrie tried to get a foothold in the match.

In the next game Medvedev scraped his hand on the court whilst stretching for a shot on the opening point which required treatment to stem the bleeding.

The injury didn’t prove a hindrance as he quickly recovered to claim a decisive break for a 6-5 lead and the chance to serve out the set.

Once that had been completed Norrie, who had eliminated the second seed, Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime in the semis 6-4 3-6 6-3, then found himself struggling to get another game.

“It was not easy,” Medvedev added. “Cam is an amazing player, so it was really intense. When you play against him, you know that you have to fight for every point.”

Next up for Medvedev as he prepares to defend his only major title in New York which begins on 29 Augus, is the defence of his Canadian Open title before the Cincinnati Masters.

Cameron Norrie (L) shakes hands with the new champion Daniil Medvedev

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