Medvedev inspires Russian ATP Cup charge

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  • Daniil Medvedev
    Daniil Medvedev
    Russian male tennis player
  • Alexander Zverev
    Alexander Zverev
    German tennis player
  • Jannik Sinner
    Jannik Sinner
    Italian tennis player

Daniil Medvedev has propelled ATP Cup champions Russia into the competition's semi-finals with victories in his singles and doubles rubbers powering them to a 2-1 win over Italy.

Russia will next face Canada, who also booked a place in the last four after Felix Auger-Aliassime had upset Germany's world No.3 Alexander Zverev on Thursday.

Russia's world No.2 Medvedev, who's poised to become the Australian Open's top seed depending on the outcome of Novak Djokovic's visa exemption, teamed up with Roman Safiullin to seal a decisive 5-7 6-4 10-5 win over Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini.

The US Open champ had earlier secured a 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 win over a spirited Berrettini earlier on Thursday, with Sinner claiming Italy's sole win of the tie by defeating Safiullin 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

"We were in a tough position at one moment especially because Jannik was hitting the balls on the line," Medvedev said.

"Every changeover, every shot we made, we tried to discuss it to see how we could improve in the match.

"It worked very well. At the end, Roman played unbelievably and we had some crazy rallies and it was an amazing match."

Canada prevailed over Germany after Auger-Aliassime shocked Zverev 6-4 4-6 6-3 and Denis Shapovalov beat Jan Lennard Struff 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-3.

Their impressive 2-0 lead boosted them clear in a crowded group and rendered Great Britain's dramatic 2-1 comeback win over the United States redundant.

Both countries finished with 2-1 records, but Canada had beaten the Brits 2-1 in their tie earlier in the week.

Jamie Murray and Dan Evans combined to come from a set and a break down in the second set to triumph against Taylor Fritz and John Isner 6-7 (7-3) 7-5 10-8.

Fritz had defeated Cameron Norrie 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-1 earlier in the singles, with Evans notching a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory against Isner.

While Canada play Russia in one semi-final, the other will feature unbeaten Spain against Poland.

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