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“Novak Djokovic should invite me to dinner,” remembers Daniil Medvedev

Spain claimed the inaugural Davis Cup Finals title in 2019. After failing to make it out of the group stage, the red team failed to repeat that in front of home fans at Madrid 2021. Without Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz, Spain faced Russia and Ecuador in the group. A and beat the lowest ranked country.

The Spanish team lost to Russia in the decisive doubles match to leave the competition. Serbia also had a win in their group, beating Austria and losing to Germany. However, they did enough to secure one of two second-place positions to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Serbs were rooting for Russia against Spain, and things weren’t looking good when veteran Feliciano Lopez ousted Andrey Rublev. world no. 2 Daniil Medvedev faced Pablo Carreno Busta in the second match and defeated the Spaniard 6-2, 7-6 in one hour and 28 minutes.

The US Open champion grabbed an early break and opened up a 3-0 lead in less than ten minutes. With nothing in his way, Carreno Busta sprayed a volley error into the net to find himself down 5-0. He recovered a break in game six and fended off three set points in the next to cut the deficit to 5-2.

Daniil fired an ace to claim the eighth game to love and win the first set in style. The Russian rattled off four straight games from 3-1 down in the second set to open a 5-3 gap and move closer to the finish line.

Russia beat Spain and pushed Serbia to the quarterfinals of the 2021 Davis Cup Finals.

Pablo saved a match point in game nine and another on the return a few minutes later before breaking for 5-5 and more drama.

Medvedev kept his cool and sealed the deal with an ace at 6-3 in the tie break to give Russia the first point and introduce the doubles rubber. Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev first secured the quarter-final spot for their country.

They outclassed Feliciano López and Marcel Granollers 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 to close out the tie and help Serbia join them in the second phase of the event instead of Spain. Daniil Medvedev joked about the situation and said that Novak Djokovic should invite him to dinner.

“Some day, Novak will have to invite me to dinner for our victory today. It was funny because during the doubles match, some Serbs, I won’t say who, were sending us messages on their mobile phones, cheering us on for victory.

This format favors those situations, and we only thought about winning the game, no matter who we could leave out or not,” said Daniil Medvedev.

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