Medvedev serves up Ruud awakening to reach Turin final

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TURIN, Italy, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Defending ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev stormed into the final of the season-ending match on Saturday after crushing Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4 6-2.

Russian Medvedev will face both Novak Djokovic or Germany’s Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final.

Medvedev began strongly in opposition to Ruud, breaking early to take a 2-1 lead within the first set and dictating play from the again of the court docket as Ruud struggled to contend together with his opponent’s deep groundstrokes.

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The Russian gained 85% of his first-serve factors as he wrapped up the opener in 42 minutes.

The second set adopted an identical sample to the primary, with Medvedev racing right into a 4-2 lead earlier than closing out the match in 80 minutes, sending down 17 winners and making simply 14 unforced errors within the one-sided victory.

The 25-year-old U.S. Open champion mentioned one key to success was to by no means let up no matter what the scoreboard says.

“As soon as you are a set and a break up you feel like you are in control, but that is when the danger is,” Medvedev mentioned.

“You need to stay focused and fight for every point. In the last game I had 0-30 on my serve and, until the last point, it is never over. So I am happy I was able to finish it.”

Medvedev cruised by means of the round-robin stage of the season-ending match with wins over Hubert Hurkacz, Alexander Zverev and Jannik Sinner earlier than dispatching Ruud.

“I think all the matches were a great level. Different opponents and different styles,” he mentioned.

“I managed to win all the matches. It was not an easy match (today). When you are in the final you can’t complain, so I am just looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully I can have my best match.”

The outcome marked world quantity two Medvedev’s ninth win in a row on the ATP Finals and he improved his head-to-head report over Ruud to 3-0.

Medvedev is 4-6 lifetime in opposition to Djokovic, together with his straight-sets win within the final at Flushing Meadows this 12 months, and 6-5 in opposition to Zverev, having gained the final 5 straight.

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Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru and Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Ken Ferris

Tennis - ATP Finals - Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy - November 20, 2021  Russia's Daniil Medvedev in action during his semi final match against Norway's Casper Ruud REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Tennis - ATP Finals - Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy - November 20, 2021  Russia's Daniil Medvedev in action during his semi final match against Norway's Casper Ruud REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Tennis - ATP Finals - Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy - November 20, 2021  Russia's Daniil Medvedev celebrates after winning his semi final match against Norway's Casper Ruud REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane