Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev secure Russia's title in big style
Russia defeated Italy 2-0 after dominant singles displays, losing nine games in four sets to march towards the trophy. Andrey Rublev defeated Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2 in 61 minutes, beating the Italian for the first time since Umag 2017 for a positive start. The Russian dropped seven points in eight service games and never experienced troubles behind the initial shot, firing 23 winners and ten unforced errors and leaving the opponent far behind.
Rublev placed an ace in game three for a 3-0 advantage and moved 4-1 ahead when Fabio netted a backhand in game five. The Italian hit a double fault to suffer another break and fall 5-1 behind before Andrey composed a forehand winner for 6-1 in 25 minutes. Fognini netted a backhand in the second set's third game and gave away the final 12 points to push Rublev over the top.
Daniil Medvedev seized his 14th consecutive victory and tenth over the top-10 rivals after ousting Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 6-2 in 80 minutes. Medvedev saved both break points and forced Berrettini to repeat that if he wanted to keep Italy alive. The Italian played against 11 break chances and gave serve away thrice to hand the trophy to the Russians. Daniil tallied a break in game three with a running forehand winner and denied two break points to open a 3-1 advantage.
The Russian brought the opening set with an ace at 5-4 after 44 minutes, moving closer to the finish line. Medvedev lost four points in his games in set number two and placed a volley winner at 1-1 to forge the advantage. Matteo experienced another break at 1-3 and allowed Daniil to move over the top with a service winner at 5-2.
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