Russia’s Daniil Medvedev produced a strong performance to subdue France’s Gael Monfils and reach the final of the Sofia Open, where he will play Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics.
Monfils, who had not dropped a set en route to the semifinals, lost the momentum that had carried him through in the Balkan city as he was beaten 6-2, 6-4 in 76 minutes by the Russian.
Medvedev had eased to an opening set win and opened up a 5-1 lead in the second set, but Monfils would up his level and take advantage of a lapse in concentration by the Russian to engineer a comeback, crawling back to 5-4, before Medvedev regained composure to serve out the match and book his place in the final.
The 22-year-old, gunning for a fourth career ATP Tour title, will take on Marton Fucsovics, who came back from a set down to end Matteo Berrettini’s impressive run in Sofia with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory.
The 53rd-ranked Berrettini had earlier defeated top seed, Karen Khachanov and Spain’s Fernando Verdasco on his way to the semis, but just couldn’t hold his nerves against Fucsovics.
Sunday’s final will be the second career meeting between Medvedev and Fucsovics on the ATP Tour, with Medvedev having clinched a three-sets victory back in 2018 at the Monte-Carlo Masters.