Daniil Medvedev (27, Russia, world No. 3) won the Men’s Professional Tennis (ATP) Tour Rome Open. He not only reached the top of the fifth, the most this year, but also lifted the championship cup for the first time on a clay court.
Medvedev defeated Holger Rune (20, Denmark, world number 7) 2-0 (7-5 7-5) in the singles final of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 Series Italy Rome Open held in Rome, Italy on the 22nd (Korean time). .
With this, Medvedev became the first to achieve 5 wins this year. After winning his first win of the season at the Rotterdam Open in the Netherlands in February, he went on to win the Qatar Open and Dubai Championships.
In March, he won the Masters 1000 Series, the Miami Open. Having reached the top 18 times on the hard court and once on the grass court, he finally succeeded in conquering the clay court at the Rome Open.
The match was delayed 1 hour and 40 minutes from the scheduled time due to rain. Medvedev and Rune, who came to the court late, engaged in a close match from beginning to end. Medvedev, who won the first set 7-5, faced tight 5-5 in the second set as well. Medvedev, who showed concentration in the match, took the championship cup in his arms by winning 2 games at the end of the 2nd set.
After the match, Medvedev said, “I always believed in myself and wanted to win the biggest event in the world. But I never thought of winning the Masters 1000 Series on clay courts.”
“Because I hated playing on clay courts. After Madrid and Monte Carlo I thought, ‘Okay, let’s continue.’ expressed his feelings.
Medvedev reached the final of his first clay-court event at the 2019 Barcelona Open. However, he lost to Dominique Thiem (29, Austria) and finished runner-up.스포츠토토
Medvedev, who shook off the ‘clay court jinx’ he was sick of at this Rome Open, won his 20th title in his career. He also has the most wins in a season, as he has been on top five times this year.
Rune defeated ‘flawless’ Novak Djokovic (36, Serbia, world No. 1) 2-1 (6-2 4-6 6-2) in the quarterfinals held on the 17th.
Rune, who defeated Djokovic in the final of the Paris Masters in November last year, won two consecutive victories against him.
He challenged for his second Masters 1000 series summit after the Paris Masters, but finished as runner-up.
The Rome Open was the prelude to the Roland Garros French Open, the second Grand Slam tournament this year, which opens on the 28th. After finishing the Rome Open, Medvedev moves to Paris, France to challenge the tournament.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal (37, Spain, 14th in world rankings), who won the French Open 14 times this year, will not participate due to injury.