World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev admitted he made some bad decision in the second set against Matteo Berrettini but he glad he managed to bounce back and win in three sets.
After Roman Safiullin lost to Jannik Sinner in the opening match of the tie, the pressure was on Medvedev to win and force a decisive rubber.
Medvedev did exactly that as he beat Berrettini 6-2 6-7 (5) 6-4 in the second match of the tie.
“The first set I was in control and it’s tricky because you think that things will continue to go your way but that’s not the case when you’re up against a Top 10 player,” Medvedev said, per the ATP Cup website. “I made some bad decisions in the second set so I tried to learn from that in the third. I served well throughout the match and that helped me.”
Medvedev made adjustments in the third set
Medvedev easily won the opener as he broke Berrettini twice in the first set.
No breaks were seen in the second set as Berrettini realized his second set point in the tie-break to force a decider.
After losing a tight second set, Medvedev broke Berrettini in the third game and held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a three-set win.
Meanwhile, Sinner said after beating Safiullin: “I love to play for Italy and am very early happy to be up 1-0 and now we’ll see how Matteo can do against the No. 2 player in the world. It will be a tough challenge for him.
“Every match is tough to win at this level. [Roman] played incredible. I had to play my best tennis in the important moments. I got a little lucky in the first set but that is part of the game.”
Russia then completed a comeback win as Medvedev and Safiullin beat Berrettini and Sinner 5-7 6-4 10-5 in the decisive rubber.
Medvedev’s Russia is now through to the ATP Cup semifinal and they are two wins away from defending their title.