Nov 14 (Reuters) – World’s second player Daniil Medvedev went out of line following ATP final debut Hubert Gurkacz 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-4 and secured the title defense and won the start in Turin on Sunday. …
Russian Medvedev, who won the US Open title in September for his first Grand Slam crown, allowed his Polish opponent to take advantage of an early advantage in a season-ending post-tiebreak event, but responded in style.
The 25-year-old scored 15 aces against 12 Gurkach and converted two break points on the fast court to cement the victory in the Red Group ahead of the potentially tough trials against Alexander Zverev of Germany and Matteo Berrettini, runner-up at Wimbledon.
“It was a very tense match,” Medvedev said in a post-match interview, who had set out to be the first consecutive winner of the ATP final since Serb Novak Djokovic won four matches in 2012/15. “One good shot and it’s over.
“I think a lot of matches will be like this because the courts are very fast. The only two games in which I had break points I managed to hit, and that was key. “
Medvedev caught a glimpse of form that helped him beat Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Dominic Tim on his way to the championship title in London last year when he climbed 3-0 in the second set after an early break.
He leveled up in the third set to complete the match, hitting over 30 winners and not hitting a single breakpoint in a scrum that lasted just over two hours.
Later on Sunday, Olympic champion Zverev will face Italian Berrettini in the second match of the Red Group.
(Reporting by Srivatsa Sridhar in Bangalore; Editing by Ed Osmond)