Daniil Medvedev qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals final with a commanding victory over Ruud.

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Daniil Medvedev qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals final with a commanding victory over Ruud.

Daniil Medvedev, the defending champion, has advanced to the final of the Nitto ATP Finals for the second year in a row after defeating newcomer Casper Ruud 6-4 6-2.

For the second year in a row, Daniil Medvedev has reached the final of the Nitto ATP Finals. In the first of Saturday’s (November 20) semi-final matches, the reigning champion defeated rookie Casper Ruud 6-4 6-2. In the final, he will face either world number one Novak Djokovic or 2018 champion Alexander Zverev.

Medvedev and Ruud were meeting for the third time in their careers, with the Russian winning both of their previous encounters – earlier this year on the grass courts of Mallorca and at the ATP Cup in 2020.

With a win over Alexander Zverev on Tuesday (November 16), the incumbent ATP Finals champion qualified for the semi-finals and won his round-robin Red Group, owing to Matteo Berrettini’s withdrawal from their group.

Meanwhile, Ruud, who was making his season-ending championships debut this year, advanced to the semi-finals and finished second in the Green Group after defeating Andrey Rublev 2-6 7-5 7-6(5) in a round-robin match on Friday (November 19).

Both players started the semi-final well, with love holds in their respective opening service games, but it was the 25-year-old who struck first, breaking Ruud’s serve from a 15-40 deficit.

The two held on till the finish of the set, with the Norwegian saving more break points, and Medvedev winning 6-4.

In the opening set, Medvedev and Ruud were neck-and-neck in terms of first serve numbers, but it was the second serve that appeared to cost the rookie in the end, as he won only 31% of the points on his second serve compared to his opponent’s 67percent.

In the early portions of the second set, they remained tied until the 2020 champion converted his third break point in a nine minute and 52 second game with Ruud serving at 2-2.

The momentum shifted to the 25-year-old, who won three more games in a row, breaking Ruud once more, to win 6-4 6-2 in an hour and 19 minutes, securing his spot in the final for the second year in a row. “Brinkwire News Summary.”

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