Daniil Medvedev was not to be denied today as the Russian slowly took apart the game of Tiafoe 7-5 7-6(4) booking his maiden Indian Wells final.
The Russian seems to be over any ankle concerns as he played a really solid match beating Taifoe in straight sets. The Russian was the slightly better player for the majority of the match and his game was very precise. From the start, he comfortably dominated on his own serve not allowing Tiafoe any chances.
He squandered 3 consecutive break chances early in the match getting another shot at 5-5. He finally broke then to make it 6-5 and then finished it off 7-5. Tiafoe had a plan on how to approach the match and he tried to be aggressive with drop shots and generally attacking play but it didn't work that well.
He was okay but he needed to be near-perfect to take down Medvedev and it didn't work. The second set opened with an early break by the Russian as Tiafoe risked more and more which resulted in more mistakes. It was just a sturdy match from the Russian as he barely committed any mistakes in the match.
He did however run into some problems late in the second set when he was serving for the match. Tiafoe broke to make it 5-5 but Medvedev broke again for 6-5. Then Tiafoe broke back to make it 6-6 despite being down 40-0 in that game. Eventually the Russian got it done in the tiebreak 7-4.