Fognini to face Medvedev in Diriyah Tennis Cup final in Riyadh

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Tennis world number five Daniil Medvedev and world number 12 Fabio Fognini will face each other in the final of the Diriyah Tennis Cup tournament being held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after wins over David Goffin and Gael Monfils respectively.

In the first of the two semi-finals played on Friday, Italian star Fognini overcame the spirited efforts of the crowd-favorite Monfils 6-4, 6-4.

“Gael and I play sometimes serious and sometimes funny and I think the crowd liked that. Tomorrow I have another chance to improve my game and hopefully, I can continue in the final. Then I am totally ready for 2020. Of course, we are here because it is a new world of tennis and we want to help to show the people some tennis. We are eight of the best players and we really enjoy our time here,” Fognini said after the match.

Daniil Medvedev signs autographs after his semi-final win at the Diriyah Tennis Cup. (Supplied)
Daniil Medvedev signs autographs after his semi-final win at the Diriyah Tennis Cup. (Supplied)

In the other semi-final, US Open runner up Medvedev of Russia eased his way into the final with a 6-3, 6-3 over Goffin of Belgium.

“It’s always a 50-50 match against David. It was a big match for me and always tough against him as he makes you work for every point and chases everything on court,” the Russian said.

The Diriyah Tennis Cup, sponsored by Saudi Aramco, kicked off on Thursday as part of the “Diriyah Season” program, one of the Kingdom’s initiatives to develop the entertainment and sports sector is in line with Vision 2030.

The tournament made further Tennis history as it became the first to use Hawk-Eye Live technology, which replaces the need for line judges and sends visual and audio cues to the chair umpire and off-court monitors within a tenth of a second of a ball bouncing.

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