It was without history the 2021 ATP Cup final between Russia and Italy, with Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, simply perfect against Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini. Fresh from the victory against Pablo Carreno Busta, the first after seven consecutive knockouts, Fognini fails in any way to build a competitive defense against Andrey Rublev.
Player who among other things had beaten in five of the previous six. The Russian, who dominates with the available joke and who constantly finds alternatives in response, collects the first fraction in just over twenty minutes and does not change the project in the least with the finish in plain sight.
Rather. Fognini struggles to find support in prolonged exchanges and above all to collect points in response. Twelve in total, only four in the second set. Rublev, who lands the decisive push at the start of the second and repeats the operation at the end, at the threshold of sixty minutes of play transforms the supremacy with a 6-1 6-2.
He had closed 2020 with the successes in Paris-Bercy and in the Finals. He entered 2021 with the victory in the ATP Cup. With a practically perfect performance, not the first and probably not even the last, Daniil Medvedev gets rid of Matteo Berrettini with a dry 6-4 6-2 and gives the point of 2 -0 to Russia.
With a much larger package of solutions - and a much more effective service - the world's number four sets the hierarchy since the first fifteen. As he says it, he dominates with the available joke, adopts an extremely aggressive strategy in response and teases the weak side of the challenger by practically limiting the number of unforced errors to zero.
The break in the third game, which is the background to the inaugural 6-4, engages him in both fractions. From 2-1 - almost as if that were not enough - he also wins sixteen of the nineteen points available, pushing himself to 5-1.
Berrettini, who with a surge of pride manages to cancel a handful of match points and make the passive more acceptable, does as in the logic of things as a non-paying spectator in the last response round. The 6-4 6-2 that matures after just under ninety minutes is practically a logical consequence.
So Russia brought two in-form top-10 players to this year's ATP Cup, and it was the recipe for success. Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev both scored four singles victories this week to secure the crown for their country, beating Italy 2-0 in Sunday's final after dropping nine games in four sets!