In August, Medvedev reached finals in Washington, D.C., Montreal and Cincinnati, winning only in Cincinnati, and then lost the U.S. Open final to Rafael Nadal on Sept. 8. That run lifted him to fourth in the rankings.
Fourth-seeded Coric beat Joao Sousa 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 to reach his first final since losing to Novak Djokovic in Shanghai 11 months ago. Coric leads 4-1 in matches with Medvedev and won all of their four previous matches on hard courts, the surface used in St. Petersburg
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