Rublev wins Russian duel against Medvedev at ATP Finals, pleads for peace

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  • Rublev wins the Russian duel against Medvedev in the ATP Finals, advocates for peace

    Andrey Rublev , of Russia, returns the ball to compatriot Daniil Medvedev during their match at the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.

The Russian Andrey Rublev, number 7 in the world, won the title. This Monday the duel that faced his compatriot Daniil Medvedev (5th), after a fight that was defined as the final match. 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) in the first match of the Red Group of the ATP Finals in Turin. 

In the second group match, which will be played Starting at 20h00 GMT, the Serbian Novak Djokovic (8th) and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (3rd) will face each other.

Medvedev, with an irregular serve (24 aces and 8 double faults) , was the first to break with his serve in the first set, allowing Rublev to distance himself 4-1. But he recovered & oacute; until 5-5.

The former world number 1 saved his life. He hit two set balls on his serve at 5-6 and then another five in the tie-break, which he finally won at the tie-break. Medvedev, taking advantage of his first set point. 

In the second set, Rublev returned to his game. He went on to take the lead 3-1 and then 5-3. With the kick from him, Medvedev saved & oacute; first two set points before committing two consecutive double faults that allowed their opponent to take the second set.

The two players reached the tie break again in the deciding set, this time without having conceded no breaks.

Rublev had three match points at 6-3, but Medvedev again leveled the game. The winner of the 2020 ATP Masters edition saved the day. He scored a fourth match point on a service winner, but gave up the game. in the fifth, played at the service of Rublev, after more than two and a half hours of the game. 

"Peace, peace, peace, that is what we need," he wrote ; Rublev on camera before walking off the court.

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