Davis Cup Finals: Daniil Medvedev helps Russia beat Ecuador; Australia & Kazakhstan win


Daniil Medvedev powered the Russian Tennis Federation to victory over Ecuador in the Davis Cup Finals with a 57-minute thrashing of Emilio Gomez in Madrid.

The US Open champion dismantled world number 147 Gomez 6-0 6-2 putting Russia 2-0 up.

Gomez did not win a game until 3-0 down in the second set, an achievement met with loud cheers from the crowd.

Russia later completed a 3-0 win thanks to victory in the doubles.

Medvedev dropped just 13 points on serve and only made six unforced errors as he outclassed Gomez.

“What is good about Davis Cup is that every match counts,” said Medvedev, competing under the Russian Tennis Federation banner because of the global ban on Russia at major sporting events.

In their first match Russia’s Andrey Rublev overcame a second-set wobble to beat Robert Quiroz 6-3 4-6 6-1.

Rublev later partnered Aslan Karatsev in the doubles against Gonzalo Escobar and Diego Hidalgo winning 6-4 4-6 6-4.

World number one Novak Djokovic and hisSerbiateam lost their Group F tie withGermany2-1.

A doubles defeat for Djokovic and his partner Nikola Cacic against Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) secured the win for Germany.

Earlier in the singles Djokovic beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2 6-4 after Filip Krajinovic lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to Dominik Koepfer in the first rubber.

Italy became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals thanks to a 2-1 victory in their tie against Colombia.

Lorenzo Sonego took more than two and a half hours to defeat Nicolas Mejia 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-2 before Jannik Sinner beat Daniel Gallan 7-5 6-0.

That meant the doubles rubber did not start until after midnight at local time in Turin, with Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah beating Sinner and Fabio Fognini 6-2 5-7 7-6 (8-6) in a match finishing shortly before 3am.

There were wins forKazakhstanandAustraliaon the third day, after Great Britain beat France 2-1 earlier on Saturday.

Kazakhstan fought back from losing the first rubber to beat Sweden 2-1 in their Group B tie.

Elias Ymer began the tie strongly with a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) victory over Kazakh stalwart Mikhail Kukushkin in Madrid.

However, Alexander Bublik beat Ymer’s younger brother Mikael 3-6 6-4 6-0, before Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov beat Andre Goransson and veteran Robert Lindstedt 6-3 6-3.

Alex de Minaur came through a gruelling singles rubber to put help Australia recover to a 2-1 win over Hungary.

Australia, 28-time champions at the Davis Cup, lost their opener to Croatia and started poorly in Turin.

John Millman suffered a surprising 4-6 6-4 6-3 loss to world number 282 Zsombor Piros, but Australia were given hope as De Minaur gritted his way past Hungarian number one Marton Fucsovics 7-5 2-6 7-6 (7-2).

Alex Bolt and John Peers clinched the decisive doubles rubber 6-3 6-7 (11-13) 6-3 over Piros and Fabian Marozsan in a match that lasted just over two hours.

The Davis Cup Finals are being held across three cities, with the semi-finals and final being held in Madrid from 3 to 5 December.

Teams play two round-robin ties, each featuring two singles and one doubles rubber all played over best of three sets.

The top teams from each group and the two best runners-up qualify for the quarter-finals.


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