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Rublev upsets Medvedev in third-set tiebreaker at the ATP Finals

The Russian scored his second win over Medvedev in six career meetings

Andrey Rublev at the 2022 ATP Finals in Turin Andrey Rublev at the 2022 ATP Finals in Turin

In a battle of Russians, Andrey Rublev upset Daniil Medvedev in a three-set battle in their first group match of the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.

Rublev completed the 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 win in two hours and 31 minutes on day 2 of the season finale. This was Rublev’s second win over Medvedev in six career meetings and narrows his head-to-head against his higher-ranked countryman to 4-2 (also his second win in a row).

In the first set, it was Rublev who drew first blood, breaking in the fourth game to set up a 4-1 lead. Medvedev bounced back from 2-5 down to level the set at 5-5. Medvedev played crunch tennis, saving two set points on his own serve while trailing 6-5 and then another five in the tiebreak as he came back from 6-2 down to win it 9-7.

Rublev clinches it on fifth match point Rublev

In the second set, Rublev once again broke first – this time in the third game -and held on to that lead to go up 5-3. In a long ninth game, Rublev broke once again to win the set 6-3 and take the match into a final set.

In the decider, both players held serve throughout to take the match into a deciding tiebreak. As Rublev built a 6-3 lead, Medvedev fought back once again and saved four match points in a row before finally succumbing on his fifth.

After winning the title in Vienna, this was Medvedev’s second loss in a row following an early exit at the Paris Masters. However, with the round robin format, the Russian, who became a father for the first time last month, still has a chance to make it to the semi-finals with matches against Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas later in the week.

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