ATP World Tour Finals: Andrey Rublev secures comeback win over former World No.1 Daniil Medvedev

Andrey Rublev was able to secure a stunning comeback win over compatriot and former World No.1 Daniil Medvedev on Monday. Rublev won the match by a score of 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 14, 2022 21:44 IST

Rublev brought his A-game on Monday against Medvedev (Courtesy: Reuters)

By India Today Web Desk: Russia’s Andrey Rublev stunned compatriot Daniil Medvedev on Monday as he secured a comeback win over the former World No.1 at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Rublev won the clash 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 on the day as he dumped the fourth-seeded Medvedev from the competition. The Russian duo has been regulars at the Nitto ATP finals with Medvedev appearing since 2019. Rublev was yet to go beyond the round-robin stage in the competition while his compatriot has made it to the final on the last two occasions.

Both men brought their A-game on the day and Rublev picked it up from where he left in the duo’s previous encounter at Cincinnati last year. He looked like the better player than Medvedev in the opening exchanges of the match and took a 3-1 lead. The former World No.1 found himself to be lucky on a couple of net cords before Rublev committed a double fault.

Medvedev saved two set points on his serve before he forced a tiebreak where Rublev let go of another four set points. Ultimately, Medvedev took home the first set and the advantage in the match.

However, Rublev got the early break again in the second set despite losing momentum toward the end of the first one. The 25-year-old remained calm and was able to break the former World No.1 for the second time to take home the second set with a score of 6-3.

With all to play for in the third and final set, Medvedev continued to struggle with his unforced errors count going up to 20. However, the former World No.1 continued to chase his compatriot and was able to make it 5-5 and eventually forced a tiebreak.

The breaker started with an incredible 38-shot rally which was won by Rublev, who took a slender lead at 3-2 in the final set. He would then finally close the game at 6-7 6-3 7-6 to win the match and record his third-ever victory at the ATP Finals.

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