Daniil Medvedev stayed hot leading his Russian team to the ATP Cup title Sunday in Melbourne, beating Italy 2-0 in the final.
Medvedev went 4-0 in the team competition capping it off with a strong 6-4, 6-2 win over Matteo Berrettini to seal the 2-0 victory.
Medvedev has now won his last 14 matches, 10 of which have come against Top 10 players.
“It’s a really big achievement because I also didn’t lose a match. Yeah, 10 matches against Top 10 opponents, didn’t lose a match in these 10 matches. It’s a big boost in confidence,” Medvedev said. “Even when you lose, you know that you’re capable of playing this level, and it helps you for the next time to stand up.”
Earlier, Andrey Rublev, who also went 4-0 in the No. 2 slot, blasted past Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2.
Medvedev and Rublev could meet in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
“Is too long to talk about,” Rublev said of a showdown. “It’s too far to say something about it now. We have to go match by match. Daniil have tough first round. Me, I have as well, the German guy I never seen before, but I heard that he’s playing really, really great.
“We’ll see what’s going to happen. We’re not going to meet in second round, so we need to win couple of matches, and is going to be tough matches.”
Medvedev has been installed as the second favorite behind Novak Djokovic.
“Hopefully I can show a great level like I did these last matches, then I will have my chance to win matches. That’s the most important,” he said.
“Every match is tough. You can get injured, you can lose, you can get a walkover. We never know. I just want to be there on the court and try to play some good tennis.”
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