Top-ranked Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev was happy that he didn't fail to deliver for his nation at the ATP Cup on Tuesday. Medvedev, ranked at No. 4 in the world, defeated Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-3 to seal the victory for Russia over Argentina on the opening day of the ATP Cup.
"I'm really happy with the win of the team, because it's not an individual competition," Medvedev said after winning the second rubber, per the ATP website. "I have some things that I can improve, but it's the first match after two months without competition, which is never the same as practice.
So I'm happy with the win. "I think the key when I play Diego is that I serve a little bit better and that's where I have my chances. For example, tonight, I was not really happy with my serve and I could have done better.
He broke me three times, but I always had chances on his serve, so it's a little bit tough for him, especially on hard surfaces."
Medvedev and Andrey Rublev brought Russia the win
In the opening rubber of the tie, world No.
8 Rublev demolished Argentine Guido Pella 6-1 6-2. "It was my first match of the season [and] it was my first match after a long break. For the first match, I was playing really well and I'm really happy with my performance today… I was hitting the ball hard from the beginning."
Pella, ranked at No. 44 in the world, admitted that Rublev was simply the better player on the court. "It was a tough match,” said Pella. “I think he played very well. It was my first match in almost five months, so it was tough for me to be confident with my game. But I think he was able to hit the ball very hard, played much better than me and he deserved to win”.