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ITALIAN OPEN: ‘’HONESTLY, I DIDN’T BELIEVE MUCH I CAN WIN A MASTERS 1000 ON CLAY’’- MEDVEDEV

Daniil Medvedev claimed the first clay- court title of his career in Rome with victory over Denmark’s Holger Rune in the final.

The Russian who has failed to win a match in his three previous appearances in Rome was a surprise victor having been regarded as one of the tennis stars that dislike playing on clay.

With the match delayed for two years due to rain the world No 3 could itch for further dislike of the anticipatory match. But at the start of the match Medvedev drew the first blood in the first Rome final, he broke in the 12th game as Rune struggled with a poor drop shot and the Russian did wrap up the first set 7-5.

Rune, 20, started brilliantly in the second set, he broke to love in the first game of the second set and swiftly bounced again for a lead 4-3, prior to that his excellent display saw him breaking Medvedev’s opening serves and holding to take a lead 2-0.

However, the Russian experience coupled with tenacity was an advantage as he claimed his fifth title of the season. Rune became the youngest finalist at the Foro Italico since Spaniard Rafael Nadal 17 years ago.

The world number seven broke back for a second time but handed over advantage back to Medvedev, produced a master class thanks to two huge serve, hold serve before breaking Rune to wrap up the victory In style

After the match Medvedev felt different winning his fifth title of the season considering the fact that he hates clay.

‘’Honestly, I didn’t believe much I can win a Masters 1000 on clay in my career because usually I hated it,’’ Medvedev said.

‘’I hate playing on it, I didn’t feel good on it, like nothing was working.’ Medvedev added. But admittedly on his new feeling, he said, ‘’ I definitely like clay courts much now’’.

Medvedev now shifts his attention to the French Open starting 28th May as one of the top stars that will battle for the title.

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