World No.7 Rublev earlier fell to World No.2 Medvedev for the four consecutive times in the ATP tour, but this time the Russian changed the scenario that he defeated compatriot with his powerful forehands in two hours and 22 minutes.
After a three sets(2-6, 6-3,6-3) victory over the top seed in Cincinnati, the No.4 seed improved to 1-4 in their head-to-head series and stormed to the second ATP 1000 Masters final of his career. Notably, Rublev made his ATP Masters 1000 final debut at the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters.
”Even when I was 2-6 down, the score should not have been like this because the points were so tight. The match was so intense, so many long rallies, super tough, superphysical, super mental. A lot like a chess match,” Rublev said in his on-court interview.
“It’s Like You Pass University and They Give You a Diploma”: Rublev
The eight-time ATP tour-level title winner also emphasised that he has many things to improve his game. At the same time, he felt like he was graduating from College after defeating the four-time Masters 1000 champion.
Rublev continued, “Medvedev is one of those players who won’t give you a chance to attack, but if I have enough power and choose the right moment, I have to be the one to make him run. In the end, I was trying to find the perfect moment to start being more aggressive to open the angles.”
“It gives me more confidence that I can compete against him. There are still so many things to improve, but It’s like you pass university and they give you a diploma,” the 23-year-old Russian added.