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    Tennis: 2-0 to Croatia, to Russia the Davis Cup

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    The 2021 Davis Cup is for Russia. In the Madrid final against Croatia, Rublev and Medvedev did not disappoint and brought back to Moscow the prestigious ‘salad bowl’, conquered for the third time after the successes of 2002 and 2006. No national flag, a team called Russian Tennis Federation, the concert for piano by Tchaikovsky as an anthem due to the sanctions related to doping in Russian sport, but it is still a celebration. The Russians confirm the favors of the prediction by dominating the two final matches. On the other hand, the team can count on its big names, starting with Daniil Medvedev, world number 2 and winner of the US Open this year, as well as Andrey Rublev (# 5), Aslan Karatsev (18) and Karen Khachanov (29). ) The first match sees Andrey Rublev and Borna Gojo facing each other: it ends 6-4 7-6 for the Russian who immediately starts strong by winning an exhausting 36-stroke exchange in the first game. More aggressive than the Croatian, Rublev placed the decisive break at 4-3 and maintained the dominance until he closed a set in which he lost only two points in his batting rounds. In the second, the Croatian leveled up while the Russian struggled to give the knockout blow. Gojo drags the partial to the tiebreak, even strong by 14 aces up to that point of the match, but starts it with a double fault and an error of assessment on a backhand passer by the Russian. Rublev does not defend the initial advantage but places the decisive draw with a couple of devastating rights. The last free backhand of the Croatian, number 279 in the world, closes the game. “There is always a lot of pressure in my singles matches because for everyone I always have to win – said Rublev in the hot interview -. Borna, however, played an extraordinary match, as in the last two weeks. It was a very hard match. , I’m very happy”. The decisive point is brought by Daniil Medvedev who overtakes, not without difficulty, Martin Cilic. The first set is in perfect balance and is decided at the tie break, won 9-7 by the Russian. In the second set Medvedev takes the reins of the game and liquidates the practice in 29 minutes and closing at 6-2 which is worth the third Davis Cup in the history of Russian tennis.

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