The power duo of Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev led Russia into the Davis Cup semifinals. On the last day of the quarterfinals, Russia got past Sweden 2-0 as both Ymers fell.
Andrey Rublev scraped out another tough 3-set win of the week defeating Elias Ymer 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(3).
Daniil Medvedev clinched it with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Michael Ymer. The world No. 2 was broken three times and has won all six of his sets thus far. The US Open champion has also won 26 of his last 29 indoor matches.
“I should have served better but I am really happy to bring the point to the team,” Medvedev said on court. “Madrid feels like home, we are winning a lot of matches, we beat Spain the other day. It was a great boost of confidence to beat the home favorites.”
Russia will now meet Germany and Jan-Lennard Struff on Saturday.
Tomorrow, Novak Djokovic and Serbia open semifinal play against Marin Cilic and Croatia.
“There is a big rivalry obviously being the neighboring countries, and there is always an extra pressure, an extra motivation, extra expectations I think for both nations to really win against each other,” said Djokovic.
“I have known Cilic, and we have had some big encounters over the years. I know him very well.
“Borna Gojo is one of the biggest surprises of competition, winning two out of two matches, beating Sonego in Italy, which was a very impressive win. He’s someone that is very young and just has a big serve, big game overall.
“Of course they have the best doubles in the world, Mektic, Pavic. They are winning most of the matches they are playing. We saw some of the matches in Davis Cup they have played so far, and they are winning comfortably. Let’s see what happens.”
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