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«ST. PETERSBURG LIONS» BEAT «ST. PETERSBURG BEARS » AT ST. PETERSBURG OPEN 2020

18.10.2020, 17:26 #News #Best

The exhibition match “St. Petersburg bears” vs “St. Petersburg lions” was held on October 18 on the Center court of SIBUR ARENA after the doubles’ finals

Two namesakes Medvedevs were playing for the “Bears”: director general of St. Petersburg Open and the general director of “Zenith” FC Alexander Medvedev and World number 6 in ATP rankings Daniil Medvedev. The defender of “Zenith” FC the Croat Dejan Lovren was a team captain.

Only the real women-lions were not afraid to take on such men’s duo: Dinara Safina, former World №1 and the Croat Iva Majoli, the winner of French Open 1997. Anatoliy Tymoschuk, assistant coach of “Zenith” FC was the captain the women’s team.

The women’s duo made a break on Daniil’s serve at the very start and led. «Underhanded serve», – a fan from the tribune asked. Daniil duly obliged and served underhand; the Medvedevs won the point in this rally but lost the game. Last year’s champion of St. Petersburg Open got angry and started to fire aces at 200 km/h but women’s smart tactics, the feel of the court and good passing shots helped the “Lions” to win 6/2. Sofia Tartakova, MATCH TV host and Alexander Sobkin, tennis commentator, were commenting on the show match. The exhibition match was broadcast on MATCH TV. Strana TV channel.

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