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    23 May 2023

    Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev clinches his maiden ATP clay-court title with a win over Holger Rune in the Italian Open final.

    The Rise of Daniil Medvedev: From “Hating” Clay to Becoming a Champion

    Sunday, May 21st, 2023 – Rome, Italy. The Italian Open final witnessed an epic showdown between Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev and young Danish player Holger Rune. But in the end, it was the seasoned veteran who emerged victorious with a straight-set win (7-5 7-5) over his talented opponent.

    This victory marked a significant milestone in Medvedev’s career as he claimed his first-ever clay-court title. It is his fifth trophy this year alone and propels him past Novak Djokovic to reach second place in the world rankings.

    In his acceptance speech, a jubilant and relieved Medvedev admitted that he used to “hate” playing on clay courts; they never seemed to work for him before. However, with this newfound success on the surface and his impressive record at other tournaments, including hard court majors like the US Open where he won last year against Novak Djokovic.

    Journey To Victory – A Bumpy Start Turned Into Smooth Sailing for The Champ

    The action-packed final match saw both players hold serve through a tight start until Rune made an error in judgment allowing Medvedev to capitalize quickly winning set one (7-5). In set two Holger started strong breaking Daniil’s opening serve but lost momentum after being tied by experienced rival soon after reaching 4:3 advantage.

    Despite some tense moments with pressure from Rune trying desperately not only to stay alive in the match but also potentially making a comeback, Daniil held his nerve and broke Rune’s serve twice to close out the match.

    The Future of Medvedev – A Strong Contender for The French Open

    Medvedev is now expected to be seeded second in the upcoming French Open at Roland Garros. His success on clay courts bodes well for his chances at this major tournament. Although he admits that hard courts are his “only love” in tennis, it seems that his recent victory has opened up newfound appreciation and preference for clay court competitions as well.

    Other players who had successful runs include young Brit Jack Draper who beat France’s Alexandre Muller 6-2 6-3; he will face Oriol Roca Batalla or Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic next. Meanwhile, Britain’s number one player Cameron Norrie will take on Belgium’s David Goffin or Spain’s Alvaro Lopez San Martin later this week.


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