Daniil Medvedev set up a final with a grass veteran at the Eastbourne Championships after solidifying the first title bid of his career on the surface Friday.

The Russian world No. 2 will square off against Sam Querrey, who has lost three of four career finals on the lawns.

Medvedev fulfilled his top ranking on the English south coast with a 3-6, 6-3 6-2 comeback effort over Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. Californian Querrey beat Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-3.

Medvedev will be trying to break the mold after claiming his first 10 trophies on hardcourt.

“I know that I can play good on grass,” the Russian said. “Unfortunately we don’t have that many tournaments, only one ATP 500 and one Grand Slam. 

“It’s going to be a special feeling to win my first title on grass. Adding titles, especially on different surfaces, can help your confidence and it’s just a great thing for your career.” 

Medvedev will be playing his third final of the season as the start of Wimbledon looms on Monday in London.

The seed advanced with 10 aces in just under two hours after a delayed start to play thanks to the English weather.

“It was not an easy match, it was in very hot conditions. I think we were both struggling physically in the third set,” Medvedev said. 

“But it was a high-quality match. It was very important to start good in the sets, this is what I didn’t manage to do in the first set. 

“I was better in the second and third set. It was a tight battle, and I’m really happy with the last two sets,” said the Russian who won his 25th match of the season.

The 60th-ranked Querrey dropped 18 aces against Mannarino in a defeat lasting for 70 minutes.


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