ATP Finals: Daniil Medvedev tops Hubert Hurkacz to kick off title defense

World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev is the first player with a win at the ATP Finals in Turin, beating Hubert Hurkacz 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours to start the title defense. The Russian defeated the Pole for the second time in three this year’s encounters, losing the opener and raising his level after that to kick off the round-robin action with a victory and 200 ATP points on his tally. Medvedev lost 20 points behind the initial shot and never faced a break point, keeping the pressure on the other side and delivering one break in sets two and three from four opportunities to move over the top and prepare for the next clash against Matteo Berrettini or Alexander Zverev. The Russian tamed his strokes nicely and overpowered the opponent in the shortest and more extended exchanges. Hubert opened his first ATP Finals with a hold at love and remained on the positive side after bringing the third game home from deuce.

Daniil Medvedev made a winning start at the ATP Finals against Hubert Hurkacz.

Medvedev held at 15 in the fourth game with a service winner and served for staying in the set at 4-5. Hurkacz opened a 30-15 advantage with a forehand winner before Medvedev grabbed the following three points and closed the game with a forehand drive-volley winner. Nothing could separate them until the tie break, and Hubert forced Daniil’s error to open a 6-2 gap. Medvedev fended off the first three set points before Hurkacz seized the fourth to claim the opener after 49 minutes. The Russian grabbed an early break in the second set’s second game and held at love to open a 3-0 gap a few minutes later.

Sailing towards the set, Medvedev fired an ace in the seventh game to forge a 5-2 advantage and held after deuce at 5-3 to clinch the set and force a decider. Hubert suffered a break at the beginning of the final set following Daniil’s smash winner at the net, and the Russian was in a great position to bring the victory home from there. Medvedev faced no troubles in five service games, controlling the pace and keeping the rival without any chance to create some damage and earn a break point. Serving for the victory in game ten, the US Open champion landed a service winner to seal the deal and continue where he left in London last November.

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