After a very intense match, Novak Djokovic finally managed to defeat Russian Daniil Medvedev in three sets (6-3, 6-7 7-6 ) in the group stages of the Turin Masters on Friday. Already qualified for the semi-finals after his two victories against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev, the 8th in the world is at the top of the red group.
The Serb directly set the tone in this meeting. More solid in the service, Djokovic took advantage of his opponent’s weaknesses to accelerate the pace of the game and take the advantage. Helpless and feverish, Daniil Medvedev committed numerous faults allowing his rival to take the first set, without shaking (6-3).
More determined and committed in the second set, the Russian quickly remobilized, forcing the former world number 1 to toughen up his game. Shoulder to shoulder, throughout the various points, the two players embarked on a real fight, before Djokovic joined the locker room due to a lens problem. After saving several match points, Medvedev managed to outclass the winner of Wimbledon and win this round (7-6 ).
Before starting this last set, Novak Djokovic seemed greatly weakened. But more aggressive on the court, he again took control of this round. During a new tie-break, the Serb finally managed to get the upper hand on the Russian and win after more than 3 hours and 9 minutes of intense effort.
For the last match of the red group, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas will face the Russian Andrey Medvedev at 9 p.m. to win the last ticket for the final four.