Rome Masters F: Daniil Medvedev vs. Holger Rune

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Rune doesn’t look like anything special to me. But what do I know.
Carlos is the real deal.
To me he seems very solid all-around on the baseline, nice balance of power and control, good reflexes. He lacks in movement and variety, I think, but I see him being able to improve on that, plus get better with 1st serve. We'll see. One of Rune's particularly strong suits is you can tell how much passion he has for winning. That and dood work ethic can do wonders.
 

Pheasant

Legend
Medvedev now at world #2 will have a much easier draw than the other major threats.

It’s possible that Medvedev goes to the final this year. I never would have imagined this a year ago.

I’d probably list the favorites in this order:

1. Djokovic
2. Alacaraz
3. Tsitsipas
4. Medvedev
5. Rune.

I’d love to see Rune win it. But I think he’s a year away from being a serious threat at a major. He needs to get his conditioning figured out. He looked gassed to me
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Does this win make Medvedev one of the favourites for the French Open?

My top 3 to win the French Open is Alcaraz, Djokovic and Rune.
I don't think so. Like I said a bit earlier, it possibly makes him a factor. He's shown he can play on clay and he has good stamina for the longer matches. But, his good-result clay resume is still pretty thin, and it wouldn't surprise me if he goes out early. I'm not holding him up to a standard whereby the only "good" result is if he lives up to his No. 2 seed. I think QF would be good result for Med. How the draw shapes up as he moves along will be very important. He's got to have more confidence from this Rome win - and simply from winning so much generally.
 

Rattie

Legend
Medvedev never fails to amuse me. In one interview on court for Prime Video he was up front about his dislike of clay and said it felt different in MC and “I didn’t have a tantrum” :-D
 

Picmun

Hall of Fame
MAD LAD to WORLD NUMBER 2
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Good for Med. Haven't seen the highlights, didn't watch the match, but assuming Med is moving well in Rome and Rune could not hit through him or successfully put him on his heels to dropshot him. That's pretty much the Med formula. I hate watching it, but love seeing guys crumble being forced to figure out how to beat him when he's playing well.
 

mightyrick

Legend
Good match from both players. I agree with Medvedev's assessment. I think both started very tentative. But after the first set, I thought both played very well. Rune did a great job staying aggressive in the second set. Medvedev did a great job in the second set with the long rallies... but more importantly... keeping the ball deep. Very happy for Medvedev getting his first clay title. I think now he'll take clay more seriously that he's got a solid tournament win on clay.

Rune is an incredible player. So young, already successful. He just needs to learn to adjust to the changing paces and heights dealt out by players like Medvedev (he did great against Djokovic). Rally tolerance is more than just holding a long rally. You have to hold the rally when the incoming ball varies from shot-to-shot.

Well done to both players.

BTW -- is it me or is the runner-up plate larger than the championship trophy? Taller?
 

chuckersthenut

Hall of Fame
Good for Med. Haven't seen the highlights, didn't watch the match, but assuming Med is moving well in Rome and Rune could not hit through him or successfully put him on his heels to dropshot him. That's pretty much the Med formula. I hate watching it, but love seeing guys crumble being forced to figure out how to beat him when he's playing well.
Pretty much
 

marc45

G.O.A.T.
just remember, surface is different in Paris...more slippery, more hard..weather supposed to be sunny and warm early.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
And not act like him winning big tournaments is a given. Rune's not 2006 Fed.
I would be the last person to compare any other player to 2006 Fed unless it's 1984 McEnroe. I hope for Holger to win 6 slams, an ATG career like Becker and Edberg. He may do it, or he may never win anything of note in the future. He is never getting close to any of the big 3 records. No current player is.

But no one will ever play like Roger or anywhere close to it.
 

legcramp

Professional
Oh snaps just came back from my match earlier this morning and saw that Daniil took out Rune. Well done for a hard court specialist. Med is whipping himself into form for a RG finals :happydevil:
 

marc45

G.O.A.T.
not that he's not confident but Novak should feel even better about a possible match-up with Rune in Paris based on what we saw physically the last two days from Rune...just does not look like five set material
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
In winning 2023 Rome, Medvedev:

1. Attains 4th place for number of Masters titles won amongst active players (after Djokovic, Nadal and Murray).
2. Attains 9th place for number of Masters titles won since their inception in 1990 (after Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Agassi, Murray, Sampras, Muster, Chang).
3. Joins Djokovic (9), Federer, Nadal, Agassi, Murray (7) amongst the only players to win 6 different Masters titles.
4. Is now joint 4th with Zverev on the leaderboard of Big Titles won amongst active players (after Djokovic, Nadal, Murray).
5. Heads the leaderboard of titles won by players this season.
6. Is now joint 5th with Cilic in overall number of titles won by active players (after Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, Del Potro).
7. Joins Alcaraz with the most Masters titles won this season.
8. Becomes only the 5th different player to win Rome since 2004 (after Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Zverev).
9. Becomes the 3rd different player to win a clay Masters event this season.
10. Wins his maiden title on clay.
 
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kayapit

Semi-Pro
In winning 2023 Rome, Medvedev:

1. Attains 4th place for number of Masters titles won amongst active players (after Djokovic, Nadal and Murray).
2. Attains 9th place for number of Masters titles won since their inception in 1990 (after Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Agassi, Murray, Sampras, Muster, Chang).
3. Is now joint 4th with Zverev on the leaderboard of Big Titles won amongst active players (after Djokovic, Nadal, Murray).
4. Heads the leaderboard of titles won by players this season.
5. Is now joint 5th with Cilic in overall number of titles won by active players (after Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, Del Potro).
6. Joins Alcaraz with the most Masters titles won this season.
7. Becomes the 3rd different player to win a clay Masters event this season.
8. Wins his maiden title on clay.
Don't forget 20 titles in 20 cities. That's got to be a first.
 
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