Daniil Medvedev, number five in the world, completed Russia's victory over Argentina, securing a place for their country in the semi-finals of the first edition of the ATP Cup, whose decisive phase is played in Sydney.
The 23-year-old Russian had to work hard to defeat an inspired Diego Schwartzman 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a very exciting match. Daniil claimed seven points more than his rival, exchanging some harsh words with him at the end of the first set and losing temper with the chair umpire to earn a point penalty.
In the end, Medvedev still did enough to cross the finish line first, blasting 14 aces and repelling eight out of ten break chances to mount the pressure on the other side of the net. “We made our job. All the matches were won in singles, which is amazing, and I think only Spain did the same so far,” Medvedev said.
“It's really great. We played great with Karen (both improved to 4-0 in singles at the inaugural ATP Cup). Hopefully we can go all the way, but I'm really happy with the way ATP Cup is going for Team Russia”.
“It was a super tough match,” Medvedev added after his amazing win. “Physically, [it] was really tough. I felt like I was not getting the balls I can. I was not hitting as strong as I can usually. So it made me problems.
But that I won this match is the most important, and I'm really happy about it”. Russia will face Serbia or Canada on Saturday.