Renowned as the preeminent Russian tennis virtuoso, Danil Medvedev has asserted his dominance at the pinnacle tournament in Turin, securing a coveted spot as the first semi-finalist among the season's eight most accomplished players.
This feat was achieved through his resounding triumph over the formidable German, Alexander Zverev, with a scoreline of 7:6 (9:7) and 6:4, underscoring Medvedev's unyielding prowess on the court. As the London 2020 champion, Medvedev's journey to the top four is marked by a historic Russian record.
Throughout the current season, he has notched an impressive tally of 12 victories against competitors who have held, or presently hold, a spot in the top ten rankings. This exceptional performance in Turin surpasses the achievements of his esteemed compatriot, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the Grand Slam champion of Roland Garros in 1996 and the Australian Open in 1999, who secured 11 such triumphs in 1994.
Furthermore, Medvedev himself had clinched ten such victories in 2021, an accomplishment rivaling the notable records of Nikolaj Davydenko in 2008 and 2009, as well as Marat Safin in 2000, both achieving nine victories each.
Medvedev's mastery is particularly pronounced on hard surfaces, especially when he clinches the first set. Remarkably, in the current season, he has closed out all 42 matches where he secured an initial 1:0 lead. This indomitable trend is exemplified in his head-to-head encounters with Zverev, boasting an impeccable 6:0 record when winning the first set and an overall advantage of 11:7.
Looking ahead, Medvedev's formidable presence on the court is poised to continue as he faces off against Spain's Carlos Alcaraz in the upcoming clash, a testament to the Russian's unwavering commitment to excellence in the world of tennis.
Alcaraz is in a slight decline in form, but he seems to have kicked into high gear lately and the match between him and Medvedev will be very uncertain. Their match awaits us tomorrow, we hope that Alcaraz will study with great desire, which was not the case in his last couple matches.