World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev admitted he was struggling to find out how to break Felix Auger-Aliassime at the start of the match.
However, once Medvedev broke Auger-Aliassime for the first time, that was the end of the Canadian’s hopes of beating the Russian.
Medvedev and Auger-Aliassime were tied at four games apiece after the opening eight games of the match.
Then, Medvedev claimed four consecutive breaks and won eight games in a row to win 6-4 6-0.
“It was really tough for me until 4-3 in the first. I actually thought, ‘How can I actually break his serve?’ He was serving just aces, playing good, so I knew I just had to stay in the match, try to do what I can, what’s possible against his big game,” Medvedev said, per the ATP Cup website. “He definitely started to play a little bit worse and I managed to use it, and that was the key today.”
Medvedev’s Russia still lost
In the opening match of the tie, Russia’s Roman Safiullin lost to Denis Shapovalov.
After the Safiullin loss, the pressure was on Medvedev to deliver against Auger-Aliassime and force a decisive match in their semifinal tie.
After beating Auger-Aliassime, Medvedev also said: “I feel like in one match anybody can win. In one doubles match anything can happen, so we need to stay focussed, we need to be good and hopefully we can do it.”
Unfortunately for Medvedev, he and Safiullin fell just short in the decisive match.
Medvedev and Safiullin won the opening set but then Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov recovered to win 4-6 7-5 10-7.
Medvedev and Safiullin got off to a nice start as they earned the first break of the match in the third game.
Medvedev and Safiullin failed to convert a set point in the ninth game but served out for the opener in the 10th game.
Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov bounced back in the second set after claiming their first break in the 12th game to force a decider.
Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov then dominated the decider to complete a comeback win.