His withdrawal against Novak Djokovic in Astana semi-final, because of pain in the adductors, was indeed a precautionary abandonment. Three weeks later, Daniil Medvedev won the ATP 500 in Vienna without experiencing any physical problems. He dominated finally Denis Shapovalov 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, in 2:16. The Russian, 4th in the world, thus won his second title of the season, after Los Cabos, in early August.
Until then intractable in the service, Medvedev had not yielded it once all week (35 out of 35), saving his only break point without batting an eyelid. Not impressed for two under, Shapovalov signed a break in his second game back, a performance repeated two games later, after 24 minutes of play. At 4-1, double break, the Canadian could see it coming. Even the loss of one of his service games did not destabilize him. And he ends the set at 5-4, on an impeccable backhand volley. Drunk with winning shots (21, including 2 aces), the Russian even suffered in the exchange, a shame for an outstanding blocker like him.
Shapovalov not releasing his pressure, Medvedev still had to save a total of five break points in the second set. But he made the decision at the right time, planting two backhand passing shots at 4-3. He then concludes the set without shaking (6-4).
His last set was by far the best. He signed a break at 1 everywhere, then a second at 3-1, notably hitting an exceptional passing forehand. Even if Shapovalov saved six match points with energy, he could not do anything on the seventh, validated on a subtle cushioned forehand. Medvedev thus won the 15th title of his career in Vienna. Certainly not the last.