WINSTON-SALEM, August 25, 2018
The final of the Winston-Salem Open is locked in, as Steve Johnson will take on Daniil Medvedev at Wake Forest Tennis Center on Saturday. The No. 8 seed from the United States knocked off the tournament’s No. 2 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
Johnson sent down five aces, winning 71 per cent of his first service points to seal victory in one hour and 27 minutes. The World No. 28 from California is seeking his third title of the season, his first on hard court, following his triumphs in Houston on clay and Newport on grass.
Earlier in the day, Medvedev eased past Taro Daniel from Japan 6-1, 6-1. The 22-year-old Russian saved the only break point he faced, converting five of his own 12 chances to advance in 64 minutes. Medvedev could clinch his second ATP World Tour title after clinching his maiden crown in Sydney in January.
“It’s a great feeling,” Medvedev said. “I just did what I had to do. I’m happy to go through.” Medvedev leads their head-to-head record 3-1, including both of their matches on hard-court.
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