Russia qualified for the Davis Cup final on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Germany, boosted by Daniel Medvedev and Andrey Rublev’s singles victory over Jan-Lennard Struve and Dominic Kupfer respectively.
The Russians will face Croatia in the final, which beat Serbia led by Novak Djokovic 2-1 in the decisive double on Friday.
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Medvedev’s victory made the doubles match illogical as the German duo of Tim Potts and Kevin Krawetz gave their team a point of honor by defeating Russians Karen Kachanov and Aslan Karatsev 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Medvedev gave Russia the last point in the second singles match by defeating Struve 6-4 with a double, after world number five Rublev led the way by defeating Dominic Kupfer 6-4, 6-0 in the first meeting of the tournament. Transit.
Rublev, ranked fifth in the world, was more calm this Saturday than in previous matches, his angry images multiplying each time things did not go well. The Russian, the only one in his side to lose a game against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the group stage, relied on his serve to finish off a slightly hostile Kupfer win in 49 minutes.
“I was very focused from start to finish,” Rublev stressed after the victory that put the Russian standings on track against Germany, who beat Serbia in the group stage without first-placed Alexander Zverev and reached the semi-finals with the support of. Indomitable from both spouses.
Rublev, who will face Croatian Borna Gogo in other matches, added, “I felt in other (matches) that I was winning quite easily, without much effort and I was feeling relaxed. Then the opponent starts to play better and things get complicated.” the last.
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Gorgeous and confident
In the next singles match on Saturday, Medvedev needed just 1 hour and 6 minutes to beat world number 51 Struve, who, unlike Kupfer, did not give any points to lose.
“We are happy that we did not spend six hours on the field, we will arrive again with great confidence tomorrow (Sunday),” the world number two said. In the first set, with both men on duty, Medvedev had to wait until the ninth game to break Struve and go 5-4 before closing the set with his own serve.
The second set was a carbon copy of the first set with Medvedev in control against a pugnacious Struve who lost his serve in the fifth game. Medvedev advanced 3-2 and came to him by defending his serve to win the punch and match and achieve the last point, which put Russia in the sixth Davis Cup final.
The Russians, who lost in the semi-finals of this tournament to Canada in 2019, will be seeking a third Silver Salad Bowl against Croatia on Sunday, after their victories in 2002 and 2006.
“Russia is undoubtedly the strongest team in this Davis Cup,” says 1st seed Croatian Marin Cilic, for whom “it is a very difficult task, but we have our strength.”
The Russian team, which includes four players among the top 30 players in the world, has arrived in Madrid as the main candidate and is doing well at the moment.
Their goal on Sunday will be to try to win the final before the doubles, where the Croats will have many possibilities with their partner such as Matt Pavic and Nikola Mektic, the best in the world, the winner of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
“They have the best doubles duo in the world, so we will have to try to finish the final in singles,” Medvedev warned.
France Press agency