Daniil Medvedev capped his best week since winning the US Open by taking the Dubai title, crushing countryman Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-2 today in the final.
The 25-year-old Medvedev won the title — his 18th — without dropping a set. He’s now won three straight events and 14 consecutive matches.
“It is amazing because at the start of the year, it was not perfect. In tennis when you don’t win matches you have doubts. Now it just feels better,” Medvedev said to the ATP. “I was really happy with these three weeks and I am looking forward to the next ones.”
Medvedev set the tone from the start breaking Rublev in first game of the match, which also turned out to be the longest they played. Medvedev finished losing just eight total points on serve and he never faced a break point. He broke Rublev twice in each set, winning the last five games en route to the title.
“It was very tactical,” Medvedev went on. “I know Andrey can cause a lot of trouble to everyone on Tour. Every time we play he tries to make me suffer, I try to make him suffer. Today I managed to be on top, but the next match could be a different story.”
Medvedev improves to 5-2 against Rublev who was the defending champion.
Rublev was gunning his 13th career title. This was his 18th career final.
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Congrats to Daniil, well deserved. His movement and positioning for a tall guy is fantastic.
March 5th, 2023 at 8:40 am