MADRID (AFP) – World quantity two and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev led Russia previous Sweden and right into a second successive Davis Cup semi-final on Thursday (Dec 2).
Medvedev defeated world quantity 94 Mikael Ymer 6-4, 6-4 to safe the essential profitable level.
Earlier, fifth-ranked Andrey Rublev had battled again to defeat 171st-ranked Elias Ymer, the older brother of Mikael, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7/3).
Russia will face Germany for a spot in Sunday’s ultimate with Novak Djokovic’s Serbia assembly neighbours Croatia within the different semi-final.
“There’s quite a lot of stress when you realize that you need to win and your opponent has nothing to lose,” mentioned Rublev.
“Immediately was a brilliant robust match. I did not handle to complete the match once I had a very nice probability.
“I missed some straightforward balls and that brings him again to the sport and since that second he raised his degree. He began to really feel assured and he began to play significantly better after which it was 7-6 within the third.”
Russia additionally made the semi-finals in 2019 when the final version of the Davis Cup befell.
They defeated 2010 champions Serbia to make the final 4 – the place they misplaced to Canada – with a tiebreak win within the third set of the deciding doubles.
Djokovic featured in that tie however Medvedev was absent.
Medvedev has gained all three singles rubbers he has performed on this yr’s competitors and has but to drop a set.
Nevertheless, he regarded weary on Thursday, hitting 20 unforced errors and 9 double faults in opposition to his unheralded Swedish opponent.
Russia captain Shamil Tarpischev was answerable for his one centesimal Davis Cup tie having led the previous Soviet Union group for the primary time in 1974.