Daniil Medvedev overcame a spirited Mikael Ymer 6-4, 6-4 Thursday at the Davis Cup Finals to clinch the Russian Tennis Federation’s victory against Sweden and book its spot in the semi-finals in Madrid.
The 25-year-old was made to work hard against Ymer, who broke Medvedev’s serve three times. However, the World No. 2 produced flashes of brilliance, firing 14 winners to triumph after 72 minutes. Medvedev has now won all six sets he has played at the Davis Cup Finals this year.
“I should have served better but I am really happy to bring the point to the team,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview. “Madrid feels like home, we are winning a lot of matches, we beat Spain the other day. It was a great boost of confidence to beat the home favourites.”
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Rublev recovered from squandering a 5-3 lead in the second set as he showed patience to secure his victory. Ymer fended off all seven break points he faced in the decider, but Rublev made his pressure count in the tie-break to triumph.
The Russian Tennis Federation will face Germany in the semi-finals Saturday.