Daniil Medvedev clinched Davis Cup victory for the Russian Tennis Federation as he beat Marin Cilic in straight sets.
Having seen Andrey Rublev beat Borna Gojo in the opening singles match, world No 2 Medvedev didn’t falter against Cilic as he won 7-6(7) 6-2.
It is the third time that Russia have won the Davis Cup after victories in 2002 and 2006.
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Croatia were bidding to follow up their 2018 win with another success, but didn’t get the chance to turn to their No 1 ranked doubles team Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic after a clean sweep in the singles.
Medvedev has been in brilliant form during the Davis Cup finals and although he was pushed hard by Cilic in the opening set, he rarely looked like slipping up.
He took a tight first set in a tiebreak after neither player was able to break serve.
Medvedev continued to look strong on serve in the second set and broke Cilic twice to secure an impressive win in an hour and 14 minutes and start the celebrations for Russian Tennis Federation.
Rublev gets the better of Gojo
Rublev gave Russian Tennis Federation the perfect start to the final earlier in the day as he beat Gojo in straight sets.
Rublev, who seemed to hit form in demolishing Germany’s Dominik Koepfer in the semi-finals, overcame Gojo 6-4 7-6(5) in Madrid.
World No 259 Gojo has been one of the standout players of the Davis Cup finals, going 3-0 in singles and beating top-35 players Dusan Lajovic and Lorenzo Sonego.
But he had to fend off break points in the first and third games against Rublev before eventually dropping his serve to fall 4-3 behind.
Gojo was unable to make any inroads on Rublev’s serve and the Russian clinched the opening set in 35 minutes.
Rublev continued to apply pressure early in the second set and missed five break-point chances in the first three games.
Gojo held firm and took the set to a tie-break, but it was the world No 5 who came out on top to give Russian Tennis Federation the lead in the final.
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