Medvedev sends Russia into Davis Cup Finals semifinals
There will be one more match played in this tie but it will be mostly formality as Russia has a 2-0 lead against Sweden which is enough to send them to the semifinals. It's been a very entertaining day of tennis in Madrid with even this 2nd match delivering quite a bit of drama. Medvedev won comfortably according to the score but the match was anything but comfortable for the Russian.
He started off well against Ymer who has a very interesting game that tends to trouble a lot of players if they never played him before. For Medvedev it was not an issue as he took a 3-1 lead that could have been even bigger had he used the first break point he had in the opening game. But things changed a bit with the Swede pulling it back to 3-3.
Ymer even took a 4-3 lead but Medvedev held firm to win his service game after which he proceeded to finally wear down Ymer taking a 5-4 lead and closing out the first set with 6-4. Everything was much easier in the 2nd set was Medvedev was not fully rolling and he took a quick double break lead 3-0. Then he lost his serve to make it 3-3 but broke Ymer once more for the 5-2 lead.
Then he lost it again because he tried to finish it off quickly and it did not work. A couple of errors here and there and Ymer made it interesting with 5-4. However, Medvedev remained calm and closed it out with 6-4. A good effort albeit shaky at times but it got the job done. Russia is in the semifinals of the Davis Cup Finals.