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Davis Cup: A content and overwhelming Rublev knocks down Koepfer and puts Russia ahead

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He won 6-4 and 6-0, in just 49 minutes, in the first game of the second semifinal

Rublev hits a backhand off Koepfer.SUSANA VERAREUTERS

The defeat of Andrey Rublev with Feliciano lopez It exposed Russia to being left out in the group stage and thus breaching the forecasts that, loaded with arguments, placed it as the main favorite to win the Cup. It was enough for them to do little in the doubles match, which they finally won to the dismay of Spain , deleted. Shamil TarpischevA legend in the history of tennis in his country, he maintained the trust he has placed in Rublev throughout the tournament. He is number five in the world, and even with serious setbacks like the one suffered against Feli, who was excellent in the last two sets, or slips like the one suffered against Roberto Quiroz, the almost discontinued number two of Ecuador, was going to be in the semifinals.

Much more temperate, Rublev responded this time without falling into excess and won 6-4 and 6-0, in just 49 minutes. He broke early in each set and wisely managed his lead against a Dominik Koepfer too contemplative. The Russian stabilized well from the success with the service (nine aces and 74% of success with the first) and put Russia with an advantage, in the desired place to try to avoid the doubles encounter if Daniil Medvedev is faithful to the script in front of Jan-Lennard Struff.

In his fourth game in the German jersey, Koepfer, a debutant in the competition last year, was not up to the task. He didn’t even tickle a tough, hard-hitting Rublev, who seems to be starting to hit his peak at the height of the tournament. Semi-finalist in 2019 against Canada, Russia now wants its third Davis Cup. Has the best pair of singlist, two and five in the world. If Rublev exhibits that degree of accuracy and restraint, the 2002 and 2006 champions have a good part of their way. Croatia is already waiting in the final.

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