ATP Finals: Daniil Medvedev beats Casper Ruud and challenges Novak Djokovic

World no. 2 and the defending ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev is through to his second consecutive final at the premium ATP event. Daniil took down a debutant Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 19 minutes, earning his ninth straight victory at the ATP Finals and setting Sunday’s title clash against Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev. Medvedev defeated Ruud for the third time in as many encounters, winning 15 points more and controlling the pace with a reliable performance behind the initial shot. The Russian dropped ten points in his games, never facing a break point and converting 40% of the return points into three breaks from nine opportunities. Interestingly, Ruud stayed in touch with Medvedev in the shortest and mid-range exchanges, and Dannil built his victory in the area of the most extended rallies, taking 18 out of 21 points to sail over the finish line and advance into the final.

Daniil Medveded defeated Casper Ruud for his second ATP Finals title match.

The Norwegian held at love in the opening game with a forehand down the line winner, and the Russian responded with an ace down the T line in game two to add his name on the scoreboard. Daniil stayed in the third game after an extended rally and earned a break with a forehand winner that sent him in front. Medvedev held after deuce in game four to confirm the lead and squandered two break chances in the next one that could have pushed him further ahead. Ruud brought the seventh game home at 15 to remain within one break deficit before Medvedev landed a backhand crosscourt winner at the net in the next one to open a 5-3 gap.

Serving for the set at 5-4, the Russian fired a service winner to claim the opener in 41 minutes and gather a boost ahead of set number two. Casper played well at the beginning of the second set and brought the third game home with a smash winner at the net for a 2-1 advantage. The Norwegian wasted game points at 2-2 and got broken when his forehand found the net, sending the Russian in front and starting to fade away from the court. Daniil confirmed the lead with a service winner in game six and grabbed another break at 4-2 to move closer to the finish line. Serving for the victory in game eight, Medvedev sealed the deal with a serve & volley combo for a place in the 22nd ATP final.

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