ATP National Bank Open Toronto Final preview: Medvedev - Opelka

Top seed Daniil Medvedev delivered this week in Toronto as the Russian will face American Reilly Opelka in the final.

After a week of great tennis in Toronto, we have our ATP final and it will be Daniil Medvedev and Reilly Opelka. Another chapter of Russian-American rivalry will be written today when Medvedev and Opelka step onto the court at 22:00 CET. For Medvedev, this is a very good result after the disappointment in Tokyo.

The Russian has failed to achieve a meaningful result for a while and he will be glad to reach the final. The road the to final was a tricky one as he faced Duckworth, Bublik, Hurkacz and Isner. A lot of players that on their day can make your life miserable have been beaten by Medvedev who used the opportunity of a watered-down draw to reach the final.

His opponent undoubtedly benefited from the same thing as Opelka will contest the first ATP 1000 Masters event in his career. He played great tennis all week-long showcasing the variety in his game. Besides his stellar serve, Opelka showcased a very capable volley game as well as unusually consistent baseline play.

Opelka was always capable of hitting the forehand with great success however the shot rarely delivered consistently. This week it worked to perfection as he bested Kyrgios, Dimitrov, Harris, Bautista Agut and Tsitsipas. Medvedev leads the H2H vs Opelka 3-1 but the duo tends to play very close matches.

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