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DANIIL MEDVEDEV WINS DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS TITLE IN ALL RUSSIAN FINAL

Daniil Medvedev was in spectacular form as he claimed the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title defeating fellow country man Andrey Rublev 6-2 6-2 in an all-Russian final.

The world No.7 impressive winning streak had seen him become the first man to defeat Novak Djokovic this year leading to the final with 13 match winning streak. While Andrey Rublev the Dubai reigning champion has also maintained a stellar performance leading to the final winning nine matches in a row in Dubai.

The 25 year-old’s good rising profile, having been familiar with Dubai, obviously picked the top jersey by some pundits prior to the final match.  But Daniil who was the third seed on the aura of his defeat of Novak Djokovic started brilliantly dashing out Rublev as he broke the first game of the match.

The momentum saw Rublev struggle on his serve, although forced to save two break points at 1-3, his effort wasn’t good enough, he gave away another with fellow compatriot up 5-2 lead.

Medvedev, who picked up trophies in Doha and Rotterdam looking good, was on a ride for the title, he claimed the first set 6-2 in just 36 minutes.

On return to the set, Rublev upped his game to lead 2-1, swiftly Medvedev was back once more with- beautiful drive of the forehand at the crucial moments as he broke for 3-2.

At this point Rublev’s inability to get his rhythm right was echoed with shouts, while Medvedev three weeks of stellar performance and flashes row of trophies was counting for another. He picked two more break points at 2-4. It didn’t take long as Medvedev was quick to serve out a 6-2 6-2 for the victory in just 68 minutes, his 14 winning streak and first win over fellow Russian Rublev in more than two years to the Dubai title.

Surprisingly, this is Daniil’s debutant at the Dubai tournament and lifting three trophies in three weeks, having won in Doha and Rotterdam back-to- back can be described as phenomenal.

The former World No.1 will next focus his attention at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where he will be looking to continue his winning run with six victories from equaling his career-best winning streak on ATP Tour, having earned 20 consecutive victories from November 202 to January 2021. 

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