The Russian Tennis Federation has won the Davis Cup for the third time after beating Croatia 2-0 in the final in Madrid. Andrey Rublev beat Borna Gojo 64, 76(5) in the opening match and then Daniil Medvedev clinched the winning point with a 76(7), 62 victory over Marin Cilic.
It’s the first time RTF has won the Davis Cup since 2006 and it completes a clean sweep of the national team competitions in the last month, after the Russian women won the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Prague. Only three other nations in history – USA, Australia, Czech Republic – have ever achieved this feat, and this is the first time it’s been done since 2012.
For Croatia, this was a third final in five years, and the aim had been to take the tie all the way to the deciding doubles, when world No.1s Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic would take to the court, but overcoming RTF’s singles strength proved a step too far.
With four players ranked in the top 30, the Russian Tennis Federation was the favourite for the title when the event started ten days ago, and the team certainly made good on its outstanding talent, only losing one live match throughout the entire tournament. Medvedev in particular was formidable, winning all five of his matches in straight sets.
“It feels amazing”, Medvedev said afterwards. “But I’m more happy for the team than for myself. We have an amazing team, amazing atmosphere. I’m happy to be part of it and bring the points we need. It’s never easy to come here at the end of the season but they were some of the best weeks of my career.”