Italian Open 2023: Holger Rune to Face Medvedev in the Finale

On Sunday at the Foro Italico, Medvedev will face Holger Rune for the championship. Rune defeated Casper Ruud by the scores of 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, and 6-2 after coming back from a set and a break down. 

Daniil Medvedev reached his second final at any clay court tournament after defeating the Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas. He prevailed over him in straight sets (7-5, 7-5). As the severe weather of the past few days continued, Medvedev and Tsitsipas had to endure multiple rain delays totaling four and a half hours of match time. This will be his third appearance at the Masters final this season, after Indiana Wells and Miami. He won the Miami Open but lost Indiana Wells to Carlos Alcaraz.

Statement from Medvedev 

Medvedev did a little celebratory dance after his win. After losing to the youngster in Monte Carlo, Medvedev will face Holger Rune for the second time in as many months in Rome, where he has never won a tie before this edition. Medvedev will be vying for his fifth prize in 2023.

"I’m happy to be in my first clay Masters final, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow," he said, "I enjoyed playing very much. It would have been easy to get angry about the conditions and the delays, but we (his team) just laughed about it."

He added: "I must have warmed up six or seven times, I knew we would play when we could."

Statement from Rune 

Holger Rune, who won for the first time in five meetings with Casper Ruud, said that he concentrated on relaxation when he was down against the Norwegian. Rune also defeated the top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

"When I was down, I told myself I had nothing to lose, he would probably win," the world number seven said, "I told myself to play freely, play aggressive as it would likely be my last set. That was the key to the comeback - I’m super-happy."

Rune claimed that this week in Rome, his performance improved at the right times.

"I’ve played some of my best tennis in the last two matches. It’s so difficult to play the top guys, I had to find my best tennis.

"I only found it at the end, that’s how I was able to turn it around."