Daniil Medvedev reached his third final of the season on Saturday as injured opponent Matt Ebden quit their match at the ATP event in Marseille trailing 6-4, 3-0..
Russia’s Australian Open runner-up also helped his nation to the February trophy at the ATP Cup in Melbourne.
He will play for the French title on Sunday against local favourite Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
No matter the outcome, Medvedev will move to second in the rankings behind Novak Djokovic on Monday.
World No. 3 Medvedev has been on a tear since the tennis resumption last August after the five-month COVID-19 shutdown.
He won his last 10 matches of 2020 and started this season with ten more victories until running into Djokovic in the Australian Open final.
He lost last week in the Rotterdam first round but has regained his poise in Marseille, where he reached the quarters in 2017 and 2020.
The 287th-ranked Ebden left the court after losing the opening set for a medical timeout for what appeared to be problems with his movement and quit three games later.
Main photo:- Daniil Medvedev winning semi-final before opponent Matt Ebden retired – by ATPTour.com