As was expected, Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev have been too strong for all of their rivals so far at the ATP Cup. Russia defeated Germany 2-0 in the semi-final on Saturday to set the title clash against Italy, who beat Spain in both singles encounters.
In the first match, Andrey Rublev toppled Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in an hour and 34 minutes to send his country in front. The German played well and hit 23 winners and 16 unforced errors, although it wasn't enough to challenge Rublev's 37 winners and 18 unforced mistakes, as the Russian took charge from set number two to bring the victory home.
Jan-Lennard produced four fine holds in the opening set and grabbed a break at 3-3 when Andrey hit a double fault. Struff confirmed the break with a hold at 15 and earned another break in game nine with a forehand winner for 6-3 in under 30 minutes.
Rublev raised his game in set number two and barely lost a point on serve, keeping the pressure on the German and delivering three breaks for 6-1. The organizers closed the roof due to rain in the seventh game, and Andrey closed the set soon after that to force a decider.
The better-ranked opponent lost four points in the final set's four service games and moved in front following Struff's massive forehand error in game two. Returning at 5-2, Andrey landed a forehand down the line winner to seal the deal and earn Russia's first point.
Facing each other for the ninth time, Daniil Medvedev scored the fourth victory over Alexander Zverev, overpowering the German 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and 37 minutes to propel Russia into the final.
Russia defeated Germany 2-0 to book the ATP Cup final place.
Zverev had 35 winners and 40 unforced errors, beating the Russian's 31-46 ratio but failing to bring the victory home in the decisive moments, just like against Novak Djokovic on Friday.
Both players won 106 points and faced 11 break points, with Medvedev fending off nine of those and earning three breaks to cross the finish line first. Alexander grabbed a break at 15 in the second game and wasted more chances on the return in games four and six, playing well so far and fending off two break chances at 4-2 to remain in front.
Serving for the set, the German held after deuce in game nine for 6-3 after 39 minutes. They traded breaks in games five and six of set number two, and Medvedev scored another at 4-3 to forge the advantage and close the set with a hold at 15 soon after that.
After ten comfortable holds in the final set, Alexander hit a double fault to lose serve and push the rival 6-5 ahead. The last game proved to be a roller coaster, with five break chances for the German, who couldn't convert any and prolong the clash. Daniil forced Alexander's error on his fourth match point to move over the top and send his country into the final.