2-0 Russia taking on 1-1 Italy in their final Group B game. With that win/loss record Russia were already through to the last eight whilst Italy battle it out with Australia for the right to join them. France with 0-2 are out. Jannik Sinner did the business against Roman Safiulin in the battle of the number two seeds. Berrettini was looked at to close out the tie against last years Australian Open finalist. If Matteo has an off day on first serve Daniil is the guy to take advantage of it. It looked like so in the second game of the match. Daniil winning the long rally at 1-0(15-40). Got to admire the shot selection from Matteo, quite unlucky to pull the backhand volley wide. Once Medvedev had his nose in front , with the way he was picking off Matteo’s second serve there was no way back for the Italian. Daniil was solid on serve. He probably fancied his chances during the rallies so he only had to make sure the first serve hit the mark as Matteo’s return is not as good as his. Check out 3-0(15-15). Watch were Daniil is standing anticipating the kick serve. Matteo could have played the serve short to catch out the Russian. Matteo was well scouted. Daniil closed out the first set 6-2.
A definite improvement on serve for Matteo in the second set. It is not often that you out ace the Italian but Daniil did just that. 8 Aces for the Russian to Matteo’s 6. What made Berrettini win the second set was his marked improvement grappling on the baseline. Now watch 3-3 second set first point. Daniil looking to catch out Matteo at the net early, Matteo couldn’t have placed the backhand lob any better, the footwork and concentration of Medvedev shone through here on the overhead smash. The turning point of the breaker was at 4-3 Berrettini on the Daniil serve. The catalyst for the point win for Matteo was the backhand return which asked the extra question of Daniil. The set win for Berrettini set up a mouth watering last set. Not a great start especially on his second service game at 1-1. A few unforced errors saw him in the hole at 0-40. That forehand cross court wasn’t finding its mark so is the down the line one apparently. Russia with their noses in front no turning back like I said. That is the nature of tennis. One lousy game and you are done for. Medvedev winning it 6-4 for Russia and through emphatically with a 100% record. Rafa-less Spain also have a 100% record along with Hurkacz’s Poland. To end, Novak Djokovic has been denied a visa to enter Australia. Someone from the left is having a nice day with this news but a bad day for tennis in my honest opinion.
- Country Tie W/L Match W/L Set W % Game W %
- 1Russia 3-0 7-2 65.22 52.86
- 2Italy 1-2 5-4 57.14 51.72
- 3Australia 1-1 2-4 38.46 47.15
- 4France 0-2 1-5 26.67 45.81