Medvedev Wins To Set Up Russia V Croatia Davis Cup Final
Zeeshan Mehtab Published December 04, 2021 | 10:43 PM
Daniil Medvedev sealed Russia's place in the Davis Cup final with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jan-Lennard Struff giving his team an unassailable 2-0 lead over Germany on Saturday
Madrid, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Dec, 2021 ) :Daniil Medvedev sealed Russia's place in the Davis Cup final with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jan-Lennard Struff giving his team an unassailable 2-0 lead over Germany on Saturday.
The Russians, like the Croats, will be bidding for a third win in the competition.
"It will be a very tough mission for us facing them. But we have our own strengths.
"It is our third final in five years, which is something exceptional, and does not happen very often," added the 33-year-old 2014 US Open champion.
The Croats' task is certainly a formidable one.
They have lost just one rubber in the whole tournament, Rublev going down to Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez in their first match.
Croatia are hoping to win one of their singles and leave it down to their unbeaten world number one doubles pairing of Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic.
This the Russians did clinically against the Germans -- admittedly without their number one Alexander Zverev who opted to miss the finals.
Rublev ruthlessly exposed the gap between himself and the 54th-ranked Koepfer.
Rublev delivered nine aces, won 54 points -- opposed to 32 for his opponent -- and took all four break points.
"I was focused from the beginning to the end," said 24-year-old Rublev, who eased to victory in 50 minutes, with Medvedev needing just 17 more to beat Struff.
Germany later claimed a consolation win in the doubles with Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz seeing off Aslan Karatsev and Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Once that was done and dusted their venerable non-playing captain Shamil Tarpsichev could enjoy a cake baked to honour his 100th match in charge with almost 45 years in his role.