In the excited night of the Davis Cup, in which it was decided which would be the last teams that would reach the quarterfinals, Daniil Medvedev's Russia wins double against Spain and eliminates the reigning champion nation, simultaneously qualifying Nole's Serbia as the best second for set difference.
Someone had suspected that the Russian team could have "favored" the elimination of the Balkans, but the team led by number 2 in the ranking did not spare anyone, playing at their best even against the Spaniards.
After Rublev's surprising defeat to 40-year-old Feliciano Lopez, the US Open winner restored parity by beating Carreno Busta, while Rublev and Karatsev himself closed the scores by winning double. At the end of the game Medvedev, satisfied with the result, spoke of the qualification obtained and the serious chances of his team to win this edition of the Davis Cup.
“Every time I go out on the pitch I want to win every game. Today I started very well against Pablo, then I fought a little more, but I am very happy to have contributed with a win. The team's confidence has grown a lot by beating a competitive team like Spain, even if they didn't have their best players, they are at home and it means a lot to beat them.
We are looking forward to the final crossings,” said Medvedev, who will face Mikael Ymer in the quarter-finals, as Sweden is the opponent of the Russians. “We know we are favorites, but I have seen some of the Swedes' games and they are performing at a high level.
It will be difficult and we will have to give our best, ”he said. The Russian then revealed that he had received messages of encouragement from the Serbs, joking that he had "saved" Novak Djokovic. “One day Novak will have to buy me dinner for today."
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Novak Djokovic, who was looking to lead Serbia to a second title, had earlier leveled the tie with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jan-Lennard Struff in the singles. But the World No.
1 could not replicate the heroics in the decider, with Serbia losing in three sets. “Every generation I’ve been a part of has been a great group on and off the court," Djokovic said. "I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the team that won the 2010 Davis Cup title.
I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life," he continued. "Winning the Davis Cup was special because it was a massive impetus for how my individual career developed”. The World No. 1 reminisced about his time at the team tournament, saying it had been an "honor and privilege" to have represented Serbia at the Davis Cup for the past 15 years.
“Honestly, I had to be reminded by my team that it was coming,” Dojokiv said. “It’s been more than 15 years since I made my debut and playing for my country has been an honor and a privilege”.