M.ith his debut title at the ATP Finals, the Russian professional tennis player Daniel Medvedev celebrated his greatest success. One day after his semi-final victory against world number two Rafael Nadal, the 24-year-old won the final on Sunday in London against the Austrian US Open winner Dominic Thiem 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 4. After 2:42 hours, Medvedev decided the last high-class game of this year’s rendezvous of tennis stars and at the same time the last game of this season for himself.
The number four in the world from Moscow deservedly entered the list of winners as the last champion from London. The tournament will move to Turin in 2021. Thiem lost the final of the season finale for the second time in a row. For Medvedev it is the second tournament victory this year. Two weeks after his Masters title in Paris, he crowned his impressive season-end spurt and received prize money of over $ 1.5 million.
Without much cheering, Medvedev accepted the success after the transformed match point, just clenched his hand into a fist and stretched his thumb up. “It’s great that we managed to beat two of the greatest players in the history of the sport. That’s great for tennis ”, said the now nine-time tournament winner Medvedev after his success on Saturday against the Spaniard Nadal. Thiem had asserted himself in the semifinals against the Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic, whom Medvedev had defeated in one of the group games.
At the farewell performance in London in the almost deserted hall, a balanced and high-class test of strength developed from the start. Curious: Thiem managed the first break after a comfortable lead (40: 0) from Medvedev and five points in a row. The Grand Slam winner from New York took the lead to make it 3-2. He secured sentence one with a net scooter.
A tennis professional had never managed to beat the top three in the world rankings at the ATP Finals since 1973. Only three players had managed to do this on the ATP tour, including Boris Becker in Stockholm in 1994. But Medvedev succeeded in this masterpiece even after falling behind. In the tie-break of the second section, his braver game paid off and with seven points in a row he equalized after sets.
After almost two hours, the third round started. Medvedev continued to build on his strong form of the past weeks and coped better with his opponent’s slice. The number four in the world ranked more and more successfully on the network, with the break to 3: 2 he secured the decisive advantage. Premier winners at the ATP Finals are not uncommon. Medvedev is the fifth new champion in a row. In 2018, Alexander Zverev had achieved his greatest success in London, this time it was over after the preliminary round – also because Medvedev was too strong.