Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas defeat American big hitters to reach Cincinnati Open semifinals
Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas made a run from within 25 feet of the Cincinnati Open title hole Wednesday to defeat American big hitter David Duval and Justin Gimelstob in the semifinals, 5 and 4.
Medvedev and Tsitsipas, the 2016 World No. 1 and 2017 European No. 1, will now meet at the Cincinnati Open next month for the United States’ third title in the history of the Cincinnati Open.
Duval and Gimelstob, also a 2016 World No. 1 and one of the hottest players in the game, advanced after the longest match of the week ended at 4-and-2 with Duval leading three-all.
Medvedev was 0-over after two holes and then held a two-stroke lead. Although he went on to lead 3-and-1 after the third, he couldn’t complete the hole for par, as Gimelstob chipped from 8 feet on the par-3 fifth to give Duval his only birdie of the day.
“I was not confident going into the last hole and I wasn’t going to leave it there,” Medvedev said.
Medvedev’s par put him at 2-under and forced the match to go to birdie on the final hole. Duval birdied the final hole for his only other birdie of the tournament, which gave him a 5-and-4 win to advance in the final.
Medvedev said he knew he would have a tough time birding the final hole, though, as he knew Duval would be there waiting.
“I hit the first ball and didn’t hit another ball until after the third hole, and then, as soon as I hit the next ball, he hit it into the river,” he said. “I don’t know. Maybe I thought he’d never go. Or maybe he did.”
Gimelstob, meanwhile, had never before advanced to a major final. He had bird