World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev is through to the ATP Finals semi-final, scoring all three wins in the Red Group and setting the clash against Casper Ruud or Andrey Rublev on Saturday. In the last round-robin encounter, Daniil saved two match points in a hard-fought 6-0, 6-7, 7-6 victory over Jannik Sinner in two hours and 29 minutes. Medvedev trailed 4-2 in the final set against the home star before pulling the break back and enduring an exciting tie break for his eighth consecutive victory at this competition. The Russian hit 18 aces and got broken twice from five chances offered to the Italian, who made a terrible start and followed the rival’s pace in sets two and three to give his crowd something to cheer about. Medvedev made fewer unforced errors and had a significant weapon in the arsenal behind his serve, hitting a service winner in 36% of all the points in his games.
There was nothing to separate them in the mid-range and most extended exchanges, and the Russian forged the advantage in the quickest range up to four strokes, claiming 20 points more than the opponent in that segment. Daniil forced Jannik’s mistake in the opening game to grab an early break and held at love for a 2-0 lead. Making almost ten unforced errors so far, the Italian experienced another break in the third game and found himself 4-0 down after yet another unreturned serve from the Russian. The youngster sprayed a backhand mistake in the fifth game to suffer the third straight break, and Daniil cemented the opener with a cracking backhand winner in the next one for a bagel after 25 minutes.
Daniil Medvedev saved two match points against Jannik Sinner in Turin.
Sinner saved a break point at the beginning of the second set and held for a massive boost that gave him confidence and helped him make a fresh start. The home star broke in the fourth game when Medvedev netted a routine forehand and stayed ahead only for a couple of minutes before losing serve. From 30-0 down, Jannik held after two deuces in game nine for another boost of confidence ahead of the tie break, where he hit a volley winner at the net for 4-4. Serving at 6-5, Sinner forced Medvedev’s mistake to grab the set and make a massive roar towards the partisan crowd.
The Italian survived a scare in the deciding set’s fourth game and caught a break in the next one to move closer to the finish line following Medvedev’s double fault. Jannik held at love to open a 4-2 gap before getting broken at 15 in game eight to bring world no. 2 back into contention. The set went into another tie break after four great holds on both sides, and Sinner claimed a great point at 3-5 to extend the drama. The Italian earned the first match point with a service winner at 5-5, denied by Daniil’s powerful second serve. Sinner saved a match point at 6-7 and earned his second at 7-7. Medvedev saved it with a forehand drive-volley winner, moved 9-8 in front and sealed the deal with a backhand down the line winner in the 18th point for his third victory of the competition.