ATP Finals: Andrey Rublev edges Daniil Medvedev in thriller

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ATP Finals: Andrey Rublev edges Daniil Medvedev in thriller

Andrey Rublev is off to a winning start at the ATP Finals in Turin, beating fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-7, 6-3, 7-6. The younger Russian sealed the deal after two hours and 31 minutes, missing seven set points in the opener and remaining competitive to cross the finish line first.

Medvedev hit 44 winners and 32 unforced errors, and Rublev landed 34 direct points and 32 mistakes. Daniil fired 47 service winners, and Andrey added 38 to his tally. Rublev faced only two break points, losing serve once and securing two return games from nine opportunities.

Andrey made a better start and grabbed a break in the fourth game with a forehand drive-volley winner that pushed him 3-1 in front. The younger Russian barely lost a point behind the initial shot in the opening four service games.

He delivered a hold at love and forged a 5-2 advantage in no time.

Andrey Rublev overpowered Daniil Medvedev in Turin.

Medvedev returned to stay in the set at 3-5 and landed a backhand down the line winner to clinch a crucial break and extend the battle.

Rublev started all over and created two set points on the return at 6-5 after forcing Medvedev's mistake. Daniil saved them with powerful serves and introduced a tie break. Rublev moved 6-2 in front and created four more set points.

Medvedev denied them and locked the result at 6-6 after Rublev's poor backhand. Daniil erased the seventh set point at 6-7 and converted his first set point at 8-7 for a massive steal in 49 minutes. Andrey left the opening set behind and produced four holds at 15 in the second set.

He broke Medvedev in the third game to build the advantage and converted the third set point on the return in game nine for 6-3 after Daniil's double fault. The former champion saved a break point in the second game, and they both served well in the remaining ones to introduce a deciding tie break.

Andrey pushed hard and created three match points at 5-3 with a service winner. Daniil saved them and locked the result at 6-6 for another comeback. Medvedev denied the fourth match point at 6-7 before Rublev grabbed the crucial mini-break for 8-7.

Andrey seized the fifth match point following a 37-shot exchange and a forehand drive-volley winner that propelled him over the top.