A relentless Russia crushed Italy 2-0 to win their maiden ATP Cup on Sunday with Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev in red-hot kind main into the Australian Open. Russia have been the one nation within the 12-team occasion to boast two prime 10 gamers and so they had swept previous Japan, Argentina and Germany en path to the decider. Italy confronted the identical juggernaut on Rod Laver Enviornment, with Rublev destroying Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2 in simply 61 minutes earlier than Medvedev overpowered Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 6-2 in 79 minutes.
“Such a pleasure to be a part of this workforce,” stated Russia captain Evgeny Donskoy. “It isn’t a troublesome job to be captain of such a powerful workforce.”
World quantity 4 Medvedev and eighth-ranked Rublev have been the 2 hottest gamers on tour since final 12 months’s US Open.
Medvedev is now on a career-long win streak of 14 matches, together with his third ATP Masters title in Paris and victory on the season-ending ATP Tour Finals, with 10 of these victories over prime 10 opponents.
Rublev has been equally spectacular, profitable 5 ATP titles in a breakthrough 2020, greater than anybody else, as he raced up the rankings.
He ended his season by beating world quantity three Dominic Thiem on the ATP Finals and has began 2021 with 4 straight wins on the ATP Cup, dropping only one set, to make him a contender on the Australian Open.
His scorching kind prolonged to world quantity 17 Fognini, who went into the match with a 5-1 file towards the Russian however was blown away.
Rublev dominated together with his forehand and misplaced simply seven service factors in your complete match.
“I used to be enjoying rather well all week because the first match and I used to be simply happening court docket considering that I wanted to combat for each ball,” stated Rublev.
“I knew it did not matter the rating, he at all times has an opportunity. He at all times is aware of the best way to come again, so I used to be making an attempt to maintain going regardless of the rating.”
Medvedev confronted a more durable project towards Berrettini, the world quantity 10 who has additionally been in prime early season kind, profitable all his matches earlier than assembly the Russian, together with towards world quantity three Dominic Thiem.
The 24-year-olds had solely met as soon as earlier than, in 2018, when Medvedev received, and he took an early break within the opening set to go 3-1 forward, holding on to serve out the set.
It adopted an analogous sample within the second set with the machine-like Medvedev elevating his sport to a different degree to grind down Berrettini.
Serbia beat Spain within the closing of the inaugural and massively fashionable match final 12 months in Sydney — launched as a rival to the Davis Cup.
It has been slimmed down from 24 groups to 12 this 12 months because of the coronavirus over 5 days at Melbourne Park with $7.5 million at stake, moderately than the multi-city format employed in 2020.
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