Daniil Medvedev got here from behind to beat US Open champion Dominic Thiem in a gripping encounter and win the largest title of his profession on the ATP Finals in London on Sunday. The Russian fourth seed was second greatest for giant intervals on the empty O2 Arena however discovered a approach again into the competition and prevailed 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4. Medvedev, who beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic and world quantity two Rafael Nadal earlier within the week, is the primary man to beat all three of the world’s top-ranked gamers on the season finale.
The large Russian, 24, has now received 10 consecutive matches following his title earlier this month on the Paris Masters and his victory will style candy a yr after a winless debut in London.
But it’s a painful defeat for Thiem, who additionally misplaced within the closing of the elite eight-man occasion final yr, to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“What a match,” stated Medvedev. “One of my best victories, two hours and 42 minutes, three sets against an amazing player.
“Dominic, congratulations already for what you achieved in your profession. Your title is already within the historical past of tennis books.
“It is amazing. You won a Grand Slam this year. You are playing unbelievable. I hope we are going to have many more matches to come on the big occasions like this.”
Thiem weathered early strain from Medvedev and secured the primary break of the match within the fifth sport, when the Russian served a double fault.
He sealed the set in lucky trend when his forehand clipped the web and looped over Medvedev’s racket.
Medvedev, who got here from a set down towards Nadal in Saturday’s last-four contest, made a strong begin to the second set.
But Thiem held to like within the fourth sport, wanting comfy as the enormous Russian sought a approach again into the match.
The 27-year-old third seed had probabilities to earn a probably decisive break however they slipped by and he yelled in frustration as he squandered his alternatives.
The Austrian took a tumble onto the blue court docket initially of the eighth sport and located himself break level down however toughed it out, with Medvedev wanting stronger because the set wore on.
The second set went to a tie-break. Having recovered from 0-Four to win the deciding tie-break towards Djokovic on Saturday, Thiem received a style of his personal drugs as Medvedev turned a 2-Zero deficit right into a 7-2 victory.
The Austrian seemed to be struggling to deal with the punishing tempo within the third set and Medvedev didn’t give him the rhythm to get his huge groundstrokes flowing.
He lastly cracked within the fifth sport, when the Russian produced a volley on the web to interrupt.
Thiem remained below strain and needed to battle arduous to keep away from taking place one other break.
But all Medvedev now needed to do was preserve his nerve. He did in order he served out for victory.
“Of course, I am disappointed, but at the same time I am also proud of the performance of all the week,” stated Thiem. “Daniil really deserved it. It was an amazing match.”
Medvedev is the primary Russian to win the ATP Finals since 2009, when Nikolay Davydenko triumphed on the first version of the season finale held in London. Next yr, the event strikes to Turin in Italy.
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