AAP Tennis

Medvedev reaches St. Petersburg decider

By AAP Newswire

Daniil Medvedev has reached his fifth straight final in St. Petersburg, continuing his strong form after reaching the final of the US Open.

The top-seeded Russian beat qualifier Egor Gerasimov 7-5 7-5 in front of his home crowd on Saturday and will play Borna Coric in Sunday's final.

In August, Medvedev reached finals in Washington DC, Montreal and Cincinnati, winning only in Cincinnati, and then lost the US Open final to Rafael Nadal on September 8.

That run lifted him to fourth in the rankings.

Fourth-seeded Coric beat Joao Sousa 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to reach his first final since losing to Novak Djokovic in Shanghai 11 months ago.

Coric leads 4-1 in matches with Medvedev and won all of their four previous matches on hard courts, the surface used in St. Petersburg.