Daniil Medvedev defeats Steve Johnson to win Winston-Salem Open
Medvedev didn't lose a set over six matches in final tournament before US Open
Last Updated: 26/08/18 8:55am
Daniil Medvedev secured his second career ATP Tour title with a straight-sets victory over Steve Johnson at the Winston-Salem Open.
The 22-year-old completed a flawless week in North Carolina, winning all 12 sets he played, with an assured 6-4 6-4 victory over Johnson to become the first Russian winner of the final hardcourt tune-up event before the US Open, which begins on Monday.
Medvedev, who will rise to a career-high ranking of world No 36 on Monday, won his maiden tour-level title in Sydney as a qualifier in January and needed only 84 minutes to defeat his American opponent.
"In my first match I was up 6-4, 5-0 and the guy came back to 5-4. I was thinking, 'How am I going to play six matches to win this tournament?'" Medvedev said.
"I thought, 'This tournament is not for me. It is too hot. I am only here one hour I'm already almost cramping.'
"That's how tennis is. I am happy to win the title."
Before the tournament I was trying to decide if I should play here or go get some rest and training before the US Open.
Medvedev impressed on serve, going unbroken in both his semi-final and final, and won 12 of his 13 points at the net to improve his head-to-head recover over Johnson, to 4-1.
"It's funny," Medvedev said. "Before the tournament I was trying to decide if I should play here or go get some rest and training before the US Open.
"But, of course, I think now I would have regretted not coming here this time."
Johnson was bidding to become the first ATP player to win titles on three different surfaces in a season but missed out on becoming the ninth overall since fellow American Sam Querrey did it in 2010.
"I was really was hoping to be last man standing today but it wasn't the deal," said Johnson.
Both players will now head to New York for the final Grand Slam of the season at Flushing Meadows with Medvedev set to face compatriot Evgeny Donskov while Johnson will open against Denis Istomin.
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