ATP Finals: Medvedev beats Ruud to enter final | Tennis News
The 22-year-old Norwegian with a sweet smile and easy-going manners was overtaken and outmatched by the reigning champion in the first of the last four clashes of the Nitto ATP Final. Medvedev managed 6-4, 6-2 in 80 minutes to extend his winning streak in the season finale to nine matches, following a 0-3 in his 2019 debut.
“It was a tough game no matter the score. I managed to beat him every now and then and that’s what made the difference,” said the Russian. “I felt, watching Casper all year this year, that he was one of the smartest players on the Tour. Before the start of the hard season, everyone was talking about him as a clay player, and here he is in his first ATP final, in the semi-finals. My first time I was 0-3 and I came home. ”
The 25-year-old got off to a quick start directing Ruud’s heavy hitting towards the open spaces at the other end of the Pala Alpitour, then imposed his own punishing play on the Norwegian to break with a winning forehand in Game 3. The Russian won 17 of 20 points in his first performance to conclude the first game after 42 minutes of play.
The lanky second seed did well with Ruud’s variety – reading his drop shots quietly and taking his slices early and smothering the spin – moving forward 2-3. Medvedev finished the game with his 17th winner, a high backhand volley.
“As soon as you are on a set and you break up it feels like you are in control, but that’s when the danger is there,” Medvedev said with a laugh. “We saw it with Andrey (Rublev) yesterday, with a break in the second and third sets against Casper. You have to stay focused and fight for every point. In the last game I was 0/30 on my serve. , and until the last point, it’s never over. ”
The world number 2 has been in stellar form this season after winning his fourth ATP Masters 1000 crown in Toronto, before ending Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam hopes in the US Open final to win his first major title.
“Right now we are in the Top 3 of the table,” Medvedev said of Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, who meet in the second semi-final. “I’m looking forward to a great game on Sunday no matter who I play. When you are in the final you can’t complain, I hope I can have my best game (in the final). to be a better player. ”