Russian tennis player Andrei Rublev defeated compatriot Daniil Medvedev in the group stage of the ATP Finals. 6-7 (7) 6-3 7-6 (7) became the number 7 in the world in Turin after more than 2.5 hours of playing.
In the first set, Rublev led 5-3, but Medvedev managed to pull the tiebreak. In it, Medvedev again fell and in the score 6-2, Rublev got four points. However, Medvedev responded, receiving at least seven fixed points and winning the set. In the second set, Rublev did not allow his compatriot, who is higher in the ranking, to return.
The third set was tied and another tiebreak should have been decisive. It was the fifth point of the game scored by Rublev, who finished it with a pushing forehand and lay on the track for joy.
In the red group of the ATP Finals are Serbian Novak Djokovic and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas. They will face each other later on Monday.
The green group includes Spain’s Rafael Nadal, Norway’s Casper Rudd, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassim and Taylor Fritz from the United States. Nadal lost his first group stage match to Fritz on Sunday and Rudd defeated Auger Aliassime.
The year-end tournament for the top eight players in 2022 runs for one week. The tournament was won last year by German Alexander Zverev, who suffered a serious ankle injury at the hands of Roland Garros this spring and has not played since.
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