Medvedev fires Russia into ATP Cup semis

World No 2 wins singles match earlier than serving to nation clinch deciding doubles towards Italy


World quantity two Daniil Medvedev beat Italian Matteo Berrettini within the singles after which returned to the courtroom to clinch the deciding doubles and hearth defending champions Russia into the ATP Cup semi-finals on Thursday.

A depleted Russia got here into the $10 million tournaments with out fifth-ranked Andrey Rublev and world quantity 18 Aslan Karatsev after each examined optimistic for Covid-19 within the lead-up to the crew occasion.

In a winner-takes-all closing Group B tie, Italy took the lead by way of Jannik Sinner’s 7-6(6) 6-Three win over Roman Safiullin however Medvedev staved off a fightback from world quantity seven and Wimbledon finalist Berrettini to win 6-2 6-7(5) 6-Four and degree the tie.

“The first set I was in control and it’s tricky because you think that things will continue to go your way but that’s not the case when you’re up against a top 10 player,” US Open champion Medvedev stated.

All 4 gamers returned for the decisive doubles on Ken Rosewall Arena and it was the Russian pair of Medvedev and Safiullin who emerged triumphant, taking a closing set tremendous tiebreak 7-5 4-6 10-5.

This yr’s ATP Cup has featured 16 groups with the 4 group winners continuing to the semi-finals. Poland will tackle Spain within the first semi-final on Friday and Russia, who beat Italy within the closing of final yr’s occasion, will meet the winners of Group C on Saturday.

Daniel Evans and Jamie Murray rallied to beat Americans Taylor Fritz and John Isner 6-7(3) 7-5 10-Eight within the deciding doubles handy Britain a 2-1 win and preserve alive their hopes of successful that group.

Evans had earlier picked up his third straight singles win on the match by taking down massive server Isner 6-Four 7-6(3). Fritz then compelled the tie right into a deciding double after beating Briton Cameron Norrie 7-6(4) 3-6 6-1.

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