ATP World Tour Finals: Daniil Medvedev breezes past Casper Ruud to march into final

Daniil Medvedev won the match against Casper Ruud in straight sets and recorded an impressive score of 6-4 6-2.

Daniil Medvedev during his match against Casper Ruud. (Image: Twitter/ ATP Tour)

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev recorded a comfortable victory over Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud on Saturday to book his place in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals. Medvedev won the match in straight sets with a score of 6-4 6-2. He has had to face tough competition to make it to the last stages of the tournament. The Russian has beaten the likes of Jannik Sinner, Alexander Zverev, and Hubert Hurkacz in the earlier rounds.

Ruud advanced to the final four with a convincing win over Andre Rublev on Friday, but his tournament was cut short as Medvedev asserted his dominance in Turin. As Medvedev’s forehand began to do some damage, the US Open champion started strong and grabbed the first break of the match. Ruud held on after the Russian had two chances to make it a double break at 15-40 3-1.

MEDVEDEV DOMINANT

However, Medvedev, the tournament’s defending champion, was in command for the majority of the first set, which he won 6-4 to put himself in the final. Medvedev took a set and a break lead in the fifth game of the second set as Ruud made too many errors on his forehand side, with the Russian dominating at this point. A double break put Medvedev up 5-2, and the world number two served it out at the first opportunity to set up a showdown with Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev in the final on Sunday.

Medvedev earned three aces in the match compared to just one by Ruud. The Norwegian made three double faults as Medvedev made a couple. When it comes to the win percentage on the first serve, both players were impressive. However, the Russian was, quite simply, outstanding with a whopping 84%. Ruud had a 70% win percentage on the first serve which might not be as good as his opponent’s but impressive nonetheless.

The gap between the two was much wider on the second serve. Medvedev recorded a win percentage of 79% but this time, Ruud could only manage 44%. When it comes to break points, Ruud did not even have the opportunity to convert one. Medvedev, on the other hand, converted three out of nine break points. The Russian also won more service games with nine while Ruud managed to win six.

‘HAPPY I WAS ABLE TO FINISH IT’

“As soon as you are a set and a break up you feel like you are in control, but that is when the danger is,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview. “You need to stay focused and fight for every point. In the last game I had 0/30 on my serve, and until the last point, it is never over. So I am happy I was able to finish it.”

“I think all the matches were a great level. Different opponents and different styles. I managed to win all the matches. It was not an easy match [today]. When you are in the final you can’t complain, so I am just looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully I can have my best match,” the Russian added.




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