WHO WILL GET THE TROPHY?
It´s finals day at the Diriyah Tennis Cup presented by Saudi Aramco – the first professional tennis event in Saudi Arabia. Daniil Medvedev and Fabio Fognini will attend the big final for the trophy (not before 6:00 pm) which will handed by HRH Prince Abdulaziz. Medvedev seems to be in fine shape in Saudi Arabia. In his first two matches he only lost ten games. Now he wants also overcome Fognini: “It’s never easy to play Fabio, a tricky opponent – he played amazing today, hitting some amazing shots, he’s a really tough opponent. The main goal for me is to win the tournament”, Medvedev mentioned. Earlier (nor before 4:00 pm) Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany and John Isner (USA) attend the final of the Consolation Round. At the start of the finals day (2:00 pm) we will see a real „Saudi-Showdown“. Ammar Al Haqbani, Saudi Arabias best tennis player, will face Riyadh born US-boy Michael Mmoh, who is back in his home country for the first time in eight years, in an exhibition match. It will be a big opening of historic day in the tennis history of Saudi Arabia. Let´s celebrate the first final in the history of the Diriyah Tennis Cup presented by Saudi Aramco!
John Isner: „I did feel more comfortable today. At night it was colder, so I really liked the conditions today and I played better than yesterday. I think among all the good things of this event, the timing of it is for me very good. I come here, now I play three matches, then I go home and practice again. The cool thing about this event is, even if you loose, you are not out of it in that moment. I try to win the consellation tomorrow. Jan-Lennard is very nice guy and a very good player. He hits the balls very hard, so it will be a tough match.“
Stan Wawrinka: „I didn’t make any big points and I was missing my game a little bit. It was a very tough match. My aim for the next season is to be back in the top ten. I know what it takes to be there. Of course it is another condition when you play at night as yesterday but it is great to play here even if I lost my two matches, I was happy tob e here and I enjoyed it. I am very happy I had some matches here.“
Michael Mmoh: „I am blessed to come out of here. I think it motivates young players to do even better, fans are coming. It is such a great arena and such a great event. That is a motivation for kids to continue playing tennis or starting to play. I just want to stay healthy next year and I feel like I have the potential to do great things on tour. It is pretty crazy because I was ready to take a nap. So I came over and went on court but it was a good match out there. I was born in Saudi and coming back after eight years, so it is very surreal. On the trainingscourts at the hotel I trained until I was 12 years old. Coming back here is like a trip.“
Gael Monfils: „It was very nice because the crowd was behind me since the first day. And even it was tough today on the court they cheared for me. The atmosphere was great and the court is fantastic and I am very happy to be part of this fort he first time. Unfortunately I’m not in the final but I am happy anyway. Fabio is a great player and it is always hard to play against him and somebody had to win – hopefully next time I win. I liked it here.“
David Goffin: „It was a great tournament, great opponents and a great atmosphere. It is very good to have some matches before the season starts, so to have a tournament in the middle of the pre-season is very good! It was very great here, the fans were super excited to see professional tennis and weh ad a very warm welcome. It was an amazing first experience here in Saudi Arabia for me. In Dubai and Doha are big tournament, so why not here? They have everything here and they just need a good date. Next year I want to go back to the top 10 and I try some good results in big tournaments. Daniil Medvedev played very good on this hard court surface and in the moment he is really good and it is never easy playing against him.“
Daniil Medvedev: „Against David it is always a 50:50 chance and maybe I was a little bit better today. Tomorrow it won’t be easy playing against Fabio but we will see how it ends. I try to show good tennis here and try to win the matches I have. I think it is really hard to make a new tournament on tour but what I see here, especially thinking that it is the first time, is really good. I think three or four years and it could be one of the best tournaments on tour. As a exhebition it is also very great and the organisation is on top.“
Fabio Fognini: „Gael and me play sometimes serious and sometimes funny and I think the crowd like that. Tomorrow I have another chance to improve my game and hopefully I can continue in the final. Then I am totally ready for 2020. Of course we are here because it is a new world of tennis and we want to help to show the people some tennis. We are eight of the best players and we really enjoy our time here.
NOT BEFORE 2:00 PM
1 M. Mmoh (USA) A. Al Haqbani (KSA)
NOT BEFORE 6:00 PM
3 D. Medvedev (RUS)  F. Fognini (ITA) 
|John Isner vs. Jan-Lennard Struff|
|Outdoor Hard||R64||John Isner||63 764 765|
|Indoor Hard||R16||John Isner||64 674 63|
|Indoor Hard||R32||John Isner||671 63 64|
|Outdoor Hard||R64||John Isner||765 64 62|
|Daniil Medvedev vs. Fabio Fognini|
|Outdoor Hard||QF||Daniil Medvedev||63 764|
|Outdoor Hard||SF||Daniil Medvedev||26 64 61|
|Outdoor Hard||R64||Fabio Fognini||765 64|