Daniil Medvedev defeated Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6 (2) and 6-4 and became champion of the London Masters for the first time in his career, giving a closure to the Arena O2 headquarters in the capital of England with a Russian seal as in its beginning.
Medvedev, 24, managed to win every match in the tournament: in the first instance in the Group Tokio 1970 he beat Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Argentine Diego Schwartzman. Then in the semifinals he left Rafael Nadal on his way and finally defeated the Austrian.
The Russian also became the fourth tennis player in history to beat the top three players in the ranking in the same tournament, after Boris Becker in Stockholm 1994, Novak Djokovic in Montreal 2007, and David Nalbandian in Madrid 2007.
With his stamina and stable, orthodox game, Medvedev took over from Nikolay Davydenko, the previous Russian to win the ATP Finals in 2009, and claimed the most important title of his career leaving Thiem without a crown for the second year in a row.
Since 2009, when it changed its name to ATP World Tour Finals, the tournament that brings together the eight best players in the ranking was played in London, but from 2021 it will move to Turin, Italy and the Russians were protagonists, at the beginning and end. With Davydenko consecrating himself in the beginning against the Argentine Juan Martín Del Potro (6-3 and 6-4) and with Medvedev closing this 2020 against Thiem.
To earn this honor, he had to pass one of the great obstacles in tennis today, Thiem, an old acquaintance of his with whom he has been friends since 2011. The two players met at a U-18 tournament in Umag (Croatia), nine years ago where the Austrian destroyed it 6-2 and 6-0. And nine years after that battle as just promises, they met in one of the most important finals of the circuit.
Medvedev, as against Nadal, started slowly, with a low rhythm, with the occasional opportunity to get ahead, but at the mercy of a Thiem who was feeling the ball more. With a double fault he gave up his service and ultimately the first set 6-4.
It took Medvedev to save three break balls in the second set to wake up and plug into the final. He did not fall apart even when Thiem dominated him in the tiebreak 0-2. He won seven points in a row and forced the final set.
No one had come back from an adverse set in the tournament until his win over Nadal and in the final he was in a position to do it twice in a row.
Medvedev was already the owner of the game and he missed several possibilities of breaking the serve to close the set – he wasted five – but finally he arrived, the break fell and after two hours and 42 minutes of play he sealed the third 6-4 so that Thiem is left without a prize once again at 27 years old.
Medvedev, Davydenko relay, is the sixth different winner in the last six years in London and dismisses the British capital with its best result on the circuit to date.
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