Daniil Medvedev was breathing a small sigh of relief after learning his opponent for Sunday’s final at the ATP event in Marseille.
The Russian who will move to second in the rankings behind Novak Djokovic on Monday, will face off against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who defeated fourth seeded compatriot Ugo Humbert 6-3, 6-2 in 65 minutes.
Medvedev advanced to his third final of the season when Australian Matt Ebden quit injured trailing 6-4, 3-0 after a medical timeout.
“Before ((injury) it was a close match. It’s really unfortunate to end (it) like this. I knew that even with (Ebden’s) I had to just continue playing, trying to win,” Medvedev said.
“You can’t give easy points just because he’s injured. I’m really sorry for him, hopefully he can recover fast and it’s nothing serious.”
Humbert will be seeking his third career trophy when he faces Medvedev in an empty stadium due to a national COVID-19 lockdown.
But the top-seeded Russian is not at all displaced to be missing the often rowdy home public.
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow – and luckily this time no crowd.
“A final against a French guy in Marseille with a crowd would not be an easy challenge.”