Despite second straight loss in finals at Vienna Open 2023, Daniil Medvedev celebrates with Jannik Sinner

Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev have given the tennis world four classic finals this year. Daniil Medvedev, who before September had dominated the head-to-head 6-0 against Jannik, grew stronger with each loss and has now won the last two matches they’ve played. Fans claim that they play a game of fox and octopus, as both celebrated after the game.

Daniil Medvedev, who was aiming to successfully defend an ATP title for the first time, fell shot to a raw and aggressive Sinner in the Vienna Open finals, as the 22-year-old Italian lifted his 10th ATP title of his career, a record title he shares with Adriano Panatta.

Jannik Sinner beats Daniil Medvedev at Vienna Open

Jannik Sinner defeated Daniil Medvedev for the second time this month, as the 22-year-old Italian star moved past the Russian star 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-3 to lift the title at the Erste Bank title at the Vienna Open. Jannik beat World No. 3 in the Beijing final at the start of October to earn his first victory and make sure history repeats itself in Vienna.

Jannik Sinner to Daniil Medvedev in Vienna: “Congrats for another great great week to you and your team. You’re doing an incredible job. Making finals with you means a lot to me. You made me improve a lot. Thank you so much. I wish you all the best for the rest of the season.”

“It took a lot of mental and physical strength. To finish the match, it was a really mental thing. For sure in the top 3 or top 5 matches I’ve played in my life. Playing in finals is always special. Especially against Daniil where I lost so many times. The last time I won gave me confidence. Today was completely different than last time. I made more serve and volleys there. Today I had to adapt. I’m happy with how I handled the situation. A very, very good match today.”

Jannik Sinner victory in Vienna ties him 10 ATP trophies, a record for the most titles ever won by an Italian man. He shares the record with Adriano Panatta. The World No. 4 has not drop a set en route to the final in Vienna and will compete at the ATP Finals in Turin in November after qualifying earlier this month.

Daniil Medvedev suffers second final loss to Jannik Sinner

Daniil lost to Jannik Sinner in the final of the China Open in Beijing and lost again in the Vienna Open in Austria, making it two consecutive defeats in an ATP Tour for the Russian.

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Medvedev addresses him not ever defending a title after losing to Jannik Sinner: “I have this thing where I can’t apparently defend a title anywhere. I’ll try to do it next time. Here also. But I hope to do it in Paris or somewhere else. Congrats to Jannik. Tough match. A few moments I thought maybe I could get you. I didn’t manage to do it. We’ve played 3 times this year. Hopefully we can play more finals. Congrats to you finishing the year strong. Hopefully we can play more finals, even this year,”

The world no. 3 and 2021 US Open champion was aiming to lift his 21st ATP Tour title but fell to Jannik in Austria. The 27-year-old leaves Vienna holding a 64-15 record for the year as he heads to the Paris Masters.

Victor Okechukwu

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