World number 2 clinched the tournament’s final behind a battle which lasted almost three hours!
If anyone was wondering if the ATP Cup would attract the world of tennis to tune in, the semi-final match between Novak Djoković and Daniil Medvedev gave an assertive stamp on it. After battling Canada and Argentina, respectively, two of their team’s best looked upon a match against each other. Novak, was 0-2 in his last two meetings with the Russian and looked upon improving the score, as well as sending his country to the Finals after an incredible performance in the first match by Dušan Lajović.
Djoković raced through the opening set, winning 64 per cent (7/11) of his first-serve return points, luring Medvedev into net with drop shots and slices. But the 2019 US Open finalist rebounded in the second, breaking Djoković three times, to force a deciding set.
Medvedev started the third strong as well until the fifth game when, with both players at net, Djoković ripped away momentum by winning the 30-shot rally. Medvedev had two chances to break as Novak served out the match. But the Serbian erased them both and wothe final set, drawing out the score 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, for Serbia to become the first finalist in the history of the ATP Cup.
In the match prior Dušan Lajović defeated Karen Khachanov 7-5, 7-6(1) to put Serbia ahead 1-0 in the semi-final tie, hitting 26 winners to just 16 unforced errors in a one-hour, 49-minute triumph over ATP’s world number 17.
In doubles, Nikola Čačić and Viktor Troicki completed a 3-0 sweep for Serbia beating Teymuraz Gabashvili and Konstantin Kravchuk 6-4, 7-6(7).
Serbia is waiting for their Finals opponent, with Spain currently leading 1-0 behind Roberto Bautista Agut‘s brilliant performance against Nick Kyrgios.