Russia in Davis Cup final
Daniil Medvedev sealed Russia's place in the Davis Cup final with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jan-Lennard Struff giving his team an unassailable 2-0 lead over Germany on Saturday.
The world number two backed up Andrey Rublev's straight-sets win over Dominik Koepfer in the first rubber to set up a clash with Croatia on Sunday.
The Russians, like the Croats, will be bidding for a third win in the competition. "Russia is without doubt the strongest team in this Davis Cup," said Croatia's veteran number one Marin Cilic. "It will be a very tough mission for us facing them. "But we have our own strengths. "It is our third final in five years, which is something exceptional, and does not happen very often," added the 33-year-old 2014 US Open champion.
The Croats task is certainly a formidable one. The Russians strength in depth is unquestionable with the four players all ranked in the top 30 (Rublev is 5th, Aslan Karatzev is 18th and Karen Khachanov 29th). They have lost just one rubber in the whole tournament, Rublev going down to Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez in their first match.
Croatia are hoping to win one of their singles and leave it down to their unbeaten world number one doubles pairing of Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic.