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By Adrianna Outlaw | Saturday, December 4, 2021

 
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Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev swept singles wins powering Russia past Germany into its six Davis Cup final where it will face Croatia.

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Russia is poised to rule 2021 as Cup keeper.

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev swept singles wins powering Russian Tennis Federation past Germany into its sixth Davis Cup final at the Madrid Arena.

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Ruthless Russia will play for its third Davis Cup championship—and first since 2006—when it faces Croatia in tomorrow's final.

Medvedev put his foot down stopping a tough Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4, sealing the semifinal victory then stomped his foot down on the Madrid Arena hard court which he's helped transform to Russian turf.




"I'm really happy for the team to be in the final," Medvedev said. "I mean amazing two weeks for us so far, beating Spain was the highlight.

"I think beating Spain in Madrid was really, for all of us, we were so happy in the locker room to beat the home favorites. It was a really nice feeling and I'm really happy about it."




World 2 Medvedev issued a commanding serving statement in his victory that clinched Russian Tennis Federation's semifinal triumph in Shamil Tarpischev's 100th tie as team captain.

The 6'6" Medvedev served 70 percent, swatted 7 aces, permitted just 6 points on first serve, won 12 of 15 second-serve points and did not drop serve in a 66-minute victory.


The fifth-ranked Rublev set the tone for today's tie roaring through seven straight games in demolishing Dominik Koepfer 6-4, 6-0 setting the stage for Medvedev's clinching performance.



Rublev ravaged the left-handed German's forehand cracking out errors on key points. Rublev ripped nine aces, served 74 percent and did not face a break point in a 49-minute thrashing. The Russian's rocket groundstrokes ran Koepfer ragged. Rublev doubled Koepfer's forehand winner output—eight to four—converting all four break points he earned.

Ten months after Medvedev and Rublev led Russia over Italy to win the ATP Cup championship, the pair are poised to lead Russia to its third Davis Cup championship in its first final since 2007.

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If Russia defeats Croatia tomorrow it will take ownership of all three championship Cups in the sport with ATP Cup, Billie Jean King Cup and Davis Cup all ruled by Russian Tennis Federation. 

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Last month, Liudmila Samsonova completed a dazzling debut to clinch a rousing Russian triumph.

A spirited Samsonova stopped Belinda Bencic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 sealing Russia's 2-0 win over Switzerland and its fifth Billie Jean King Cup championship at the O2 Arena in Prague.

 

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