Davis Cup: Daniil Medvedev victory sets up Russia-Croatia final
- Daniil Medvedev beat Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets
- Russians took 2-0 lead after Andrey Rublev thrashed Dominik Koepfer
- Russia last won the Davis Cup in 2006
World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev on Saturday helped the Russian Tennis Federation to advance into the Davis Cup final with a dominant win over Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in Madrid. Russian Tennis Federation will face Croatia in the final on Sunday.
In the best-of-three semi-final, Medvedev won 6-4 6-4 to give the Russians a 2-0 lead after Andrey Rublev thrashed Dominik Koepfer. World number five Rublev took just 49 minutes to win 6-4, 6-0 in the opener.
Croatia made it to the final after a 2-1 victory over Serbia in Friday's first semi-final.
The Russians, playing under the name of their federation because the nation is banned from international competition for doping violations by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), were the pre-tournament favourites and have demonstrated why with some strong performances.
Medvedev, 25, had won all three of his previous matches without dropping a set and he was never under pressure in the semifinal match either.
At the onset of the match, Struff had looked comfortable on serve, but a sloppy game from the German helped Medvedev to break for 5-4 and he wrapped up the opening set with another stronghold.
From that point, it looked unlikely that the Russians would need a deciding doubles match to seal the victory.
Russia last won the Davis Cup in 2006. They would hope to end the wait this time around.
Doubts had been raised about Rublev's level after mixed fortunes at the Finals, but he responded with an imperious display against Koepfer in the opening rubber.
An early break in the first set allowed the world number five to settle and he remained focused throughout a dominant win.
"I think the main difference was from the beginning to the end I was super focused and tried to raise my level game by game," he said.