ATP Finals: Daniil Medvedev’s relentless engines through dead rubber before Rafael Nadal’s semi-final
Daniil Medvedev maintained the last remaining 100% record in the ATP final to head towards his last meeting with Rafael Nadal on a high. (More tennis news)
The world number four had not lost a set to Alexander Zverev or Novak Djokovic and showed no mercy to already eliminated Diego Schwartzman in a 6-3 6-3 victory on Friday.
Medvedev wasted little time in taking command of the proceedings, although Schwartzman fought for an initial take.
The Russian led at the next opportunity, picking the right corner of the court with his forehand, then running his own serve plays to maintain his advantage.
A surge in pressure then saw Medvedev clinch the opener on Schwartzman’s serve, despite seeing an outrageous stretch return to the starting point lost.
Medvedev converted the next time around, after a dazzling cross-effort by hitting his opponent directly at the net.
3-0 in matches, 6-0 in sets
– ATP Tour (@atptour) November 20, 2020
The breakthrough in the second came again in Schwartzman’s second service game, with the third of three breaking points a softly hit backhand.
That was enough to seal the victory, with Medvedev slipping through that dead rubber – served to love – before real business continued against Nadal in Saturday’s semi-final.
WINNERS / FORCED ERRORS
Medvedev – 30/19
Schwartzman – 8/13
ACES / DOUBLE FAULT
Medvedev – 4/1
Schwartzman – 0/0
BREAKING POINTS EARNED
Medvedev – 3/9
Schwartzman – 0/2
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