Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev has acknowledged that he and his teammates want to win every rubber, tie and ultimately the Davis Cup Finals title. On Sunday, Russia claimed a 2-1 victory over Spain to finish on top of Group A and set up a quarterfinal versus Sweden.
Russia found thesemlves down after Andrey Rublev lost to Feliciano Lopez but Medvedev beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2 7-6 (3) to force a decisive rubber. “Everybody is super happy,” Medvedev said, per the Davis Cup Finals website.
“Because that's how we all are in the team, all five players. I think, if I'm not mistaken, we needed to win just one game to be through. Yet we won a match, and that's all you need to know about us. “We want to win, no matter if it's an exhibition match, a match that doesn't count maybe for the tie, or an important match.
Our goal is to win. I think it's very important for the confidence of the team to win against such team as Spain. Even if they didn't have their best line-up, they are playing at home, and to beat them means a lot”.
Medvedev and Co. got the win
After losing the opening rubber of the tie, Rublev stepped up for Russia in the doubles. Rublev and Aslan Karatsev beat Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez 4-6 6-2 6-4 to complete a comeback win over Spain.
“We are really happy to be in the quarters,” Rublev said after the match. “We are going to do our best to go further. Two years ago we were in the semi-finals so we’ll see if we can do this result but, for sure, every player from us is giving 100 per cent so that’s the most important thing”. Karatsev added: “Thank you to everyone who came to support. It was a good atmosphere”.