The eight best tennis players of the season gathered at the final event of 2022. The red group matches started on Monday, November 14.
The red group matches started on Monday, November 14.
In the first match of Monday, we got the Russian derby, where the audience saw a real 2-and-a-half-hour thriller. Two opponents, who are well-known to each other, spared no effort and a merciless, spectacular battle took place.
For years, Medvedev was an impregnable fortress for Rublev. Daniil defeated him in five out of five matches in such a way, that Andrey could not even win a single set. Rublev overcame his compatriot’s complex for the first time in the semifinals of last year’s Cincinnati Masters.
The match was played with great intensity from the beginning. We saw the brakes exchanged. Rublev gave up a serve for the set, then got a double set point on his opponent’s serve, but Medvedev easily repelled them thanks to his bomb-like serves. In the end, it came down to a tiebreak, where Daniil offered his friend an amazing comeback: he came back from 2:6 and won 9:7. In total, he saved seven set points.
Rublev remembered Cincinnati and after the lost set, he didn’t surrender here either. After the break, he came back in the second set with a wonderful attitude, working her baseline shots with both forehand and backhand exceptionally well. On the other hand, serving was a problem for Medvedev, who made six double faults in the second set alone. Andrey broke him twice and claimed the set 6:3.
The decisive set turned out to be the longest, most spectacular and dramatic. The servers were very careful with their games and again a 13th game was needed. Rublev took a lead here at the start and went ahead 6:3. Daniil seemed to try a second comeback, saved four match points, but made a mistake in the most important moment and Rublev closed the match on the fifth chance.
Considered the underdog, Andrey Rublev beat Medvedev for the second time in his career and made a sensational bid to reach the semi-finals of the Tour Finals for the first time.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Novak Djokovic
On Monday night, the entire tennis world was focused on one individual. To the person, who has the goal of rewriting another chapter in the history of this sport. The 35-year-old Serbian is aiming to win his sixth Tour Finals title and match Roger Federer’s feat.
As for the Greek, it was definitely not an easy season for him. He had shoulder surgery at the end of last year and didn’t have high expectations at the start of the season, but he still managed to be among the best in November. Moreover, he is the only one who has won both the youth and senior Tour Finals.
Novak showed his claws from the beginning and started with a break in the first game. The Serb did not have a problem to keep his serve and calmly finished the first set.
Stefanos acted with more concentration in the second part of the match. Here was the only break point that Nole had, but the Greek saved it convincingly. We got a logical tiebreak, where Tsitsipas broke down mentally and faulted two serves in a row at the start. Djokovic did not miss the gift and ended the match with victory.
Nole managed to defeat Stefanos for the eighth time in a row. The story, that took place in the semifinals of the Paris Masters two weeks ago, did not repeat itself for Tsitsipas. This time, with the ovations received from the Greek public, he could not recharge enough in the second set.
The final tournament of the year will continue on Tuesday, November 15, with the second round matches of the green group.