L'équipe de la Fédération russe de tennis (RTF) s'est assuré une place pour la finale de la Coupe Davis pour la première fois depuis 2007 après avoir balayé l'Allemagne, à la suite de bouffonneries typiquement bruyantes du vainqueur Daniil Medvedev. </p><div><p>Après qu'Andrey Rublev ait écrasé Dominik Koepfer 6-4 6-0 plus tôt samedi à Madrid, Medvedev a terminé le travail en passant devant Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 6-4 pour donner à l'équipe russe une avance inattaquable 2-0 dans le match nul. .
RTF now face Croatia on Sunday, after the 2018 champions beat Serbia on Friday in the first semi-final.
US Open king Medvedev topped world number 51 Struff in straight sets, but had to overcome a lingering nosebleed along the way.
The Russian star’s nose had been bleeding from the first set, but he eventually stopped play in the second set to stem the tide.
Blood stains were visible on his white shorts at the end of the match.
This is not the first time that Medvedev has faced the disease. He also suffered from a nasty nosebleed in the second round of the 2019 Australian Open as he faced Spaniard Pedro Martinez.
There were also lively scenes after the game as Medvedev, 25, took on the Madrid crowd.
Against a backdrop of boos, the world number two stoked tensions by gesturing to the fans before pointing the finger at the short and trampling him.
The Russian team had beaten host and defending champions Spain earlier in the tournament, and Medvedev was quick to bring it up in his post-match interview.
“Beating Spain was the highlight. Beating Spain in Madrid, we were so happy to beat the favorites at home, it was a really nice feeling and I’m really happy.
Medvedev is no stranger to fan clashes, being known to be embroiled in an ongoing battle with the crowd at the US Open en route to the final at Flushing Meadows in 2019.
“I’ve been telling you since 2019, if you want me to lose, support me, don’t boo me” Medvedev said in Madrid as he started the showdown.
Medvedev asked if he had reached the final. The crowd hoots him. Ignore the question. “The highlight of the week was beating Spain here in Madrid. We were all so happy about that. ” I’ve been telling you since 2019, if you want me to lose, back me up, don’t boo me. ??
– The tennis podcast (@TennisPodcast) December 4, 2021
Croatia reserved their place in the final with a 2-1 victory over Serbia by Novak Djokovic.
Croatian doubles specialists Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic beat Djokovic and compatriot Filip Krajinovic in the decisive rubber with a score of 1-1.
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The last time Russia won the Davis Cup – considered the preeminent event in international men’s team tennis – was in 2006 at home in Moscow. They reached the final the following year, but were beaten by the United States in Portland.
This year’s Russian squad includes Medvedev and world number five Rublev as well as Karen Khachanov and Aslan Karatsev.
After Medvedev’s victory, Saturday’s doubles match featuring Khachanov and Karatsev against Germans Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz becomes a dead rubber.