Updated2/6/2021 6:30:00 AM
Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev are both delighted to have helped Russia reach the ATP Cup final, where the nation will face Italy at Melbourne Park.
The Top 10 stars once again won their singles matches, helping Russia defeat Germany on Saturday. Medvedev recovered to beat Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, after Rublev had overcome Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the first singles match.
“We're really happy to be in the final, especially to win two tough matches," said Rublev. "I was so tight when I was watching it outside, because I didn't want to play doubles. I'm happy everything was over with [the] two singles. We'll see what's going to happen tomorrow.”
World No. 4 Medvedev, who also has a 3-0 singles record this week, said: “We're really happy to get the win. [They were] tough matches for both of us. Both of us lost the first set.”
Germany's Kevin Krawietz and Struff won the doubles match 6-3, 7-6(5) over Russia’s captain Evgeny Donskoy and Aslan Karatsev. Russia will now prepare to face Italy, after Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini won their singles matches in a 3-0 semi-final victory over Spain.
World No. 8 Rublev will look to improve his record against Italian No. 2 Fognini, who leads 5-1 in their ATP Head2Head series, in Sunday's final. Rublev's only win over Fognini, 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(2), came in July 2017 in Umag.
“Fabio is really a great player,” said Rublev. “Everyone knows that he's really talented. When he's at his best, he's really tough to beat… The last time I think I played him was in Beijing, and he beat me quite easy also [6-3, 6-4].
“Now it's going to be interesting. I have nothing to lose. He has all the pressure, because he’s beaten me more times. I'm in good form, so we'll see what's going to happen. It's really going to be interesting [and]… a challenge for me. I will try to do my best.”
Medvedev and No. 10-ranked Berrettini have only played once before, with the Russian winning 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4 at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Berrettini is also unbeaten in three singles matches for Italy this week, while Fognini has a 2-1 singles record.