September 21, 2019 / 4:55 PM / 25 days ago

Red-hot Medvedev sets up Coric clash in St Petersburg final

FILE PHOTO - Sep 8, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia serves against Rafael Nadal of Spain (not pictured) in the menÕs singles final on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - U.S. Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev swatted aside Belarussian qualifier Egor Gerasimov 7-5 7-5 in the St Petersburg Open semi-finals on Saturday to reach his fifth consecutive final on the ATP Tour.

The 23-year-old converted three out of five break points to win the 90-minute contest and stay on course for his third title of the season following victories in Sofia and Cincinnati.

Medvedev’s good run of form since a third round defeat at Wimbledon has helped him reach finals in Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open, where he lost in five sets to Spaniard Rafa Nadal.

The world number four will next meet Borna Coric in the title clash on Sunday after the Croatian overcame an early wobble to get past Portugal’s Joao Sousa 3-6 7-6(5) 6-1 and reach his first final of the year.

Medvedev — who has won 23 of his last 26 matches — will also look to improve a 4-1 head-to-head record against Coric and become the first Russian to claim the St Petersburg Open trophy since Mikhail Youzhny 15 years ago.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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