Casper Ruud, playing his maiden ATP Finals tournament, didn't have the weapons or the confidence to bruise World Number Two Daniil Medvedev in their ATP Finals semi.
Medvedev made it look easy with a routine 6-4, 6-2 victory over the Norwegian. One more victory here would mean that he will have successfully defended a title for the first time in his career. Medvedev won his first ATP Finals trophy in 2020.
'All the matches were a great level,' the Russian said after the match. 'Different opponents and different styles. I managed to win all the matches. It was not easy today. When you're in the final you can’t complain so I'm just looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully I can have my best match.
In the other semi final, the World Number One Novak Djokovic takes on Alexander Zverev. Their previous two encounters have been tantalisingly close matches, with both players pushing each other to the limit and splitting the victories. Zverev won their Olympics match and Djokovic got his revenge in the US Open semi final.
'At this moment we are the Top 3 in the rankings,' Medvedev said. 'Just three of us left here, so I am looking forward to a great match tomorrow no matter who I play. I had a few tough matches against Novak lately and a few tough matches against Sascha and one here this week, so it is going to be interesting.'
Both Djokovic and Medvedev topped their respective groups with the Serb putting on a masterclass in a late-night match against Cameron Norrie to win their first match-up 6-2, 6-1.
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