Team Russia, led by top ten players Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, have reached the final of the ATP Cup where they will take on Team Italy for the title.
Both Medvedev and Rublev have won all three of their individual singles matches, giving their team a strong upperhand throughout.
Medvedev has seen off other top ten players Alexander Zverev and Diego Schwartzman, as well as Kei Nishikori, while Rublev has beaten Yoshihito Nishioka, Guido Pella and Jan-Lennard Struff.
They will now face a strong Italian team led by Matteo Berrettini, who is also undefeated in the tournament, and Fabio Fognini.
Speaking after his close three-set win over Zverev, Medvedev said: “We’re really happy to get the win, that’s the most important.
“Tough matches [for] both of us. Both [Andrey and I] lost the first set. [It was] not easy, because we had two days off before the match… But happy we’re in the final. That’s the most important.”
“When it’s against Sascha and you are 6-3, 3-2 break down, many times you’re going to lose a match.
“But I needed to keep my chances alive for the team first of all, for the country. I just tried to stay there, got a bit tight maybe. I just did my job and I’m really happy about it.
“I wasn’t serving well today, that’s why I was in trouble many times” Medvedev said.
“Third set was a little bit better. I started to make some big serves in big moments. That was a big key against Sascha.
“He serves well. If you don’t serve well, he’s going to return the balls in the court and it’s going to be tough. That was the key today. I managed to I think keep it up during the match.”
Asked about his teammate Rublev, Medvedev said: “Andrey is an amazing player.
“Last year, what he did [was] something special. Today in the first set, he was not hitting as he can… But he managed to keep his nerves, and that’s what champions do.
“He managed to get a point for the team so I could [have] it easier.”
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