Medvedev sends Russia into Davis Cup Finals semifinals

Daniil Medvedev defeated Mikael Ymer in two sets to send his nation to the semifinals of the competition after Rublev secured the first point.

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.

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