Daniil Medvedev wins ATP Finals 2020: Daniil Medvedev bounced back for a set down to beat US Open champion Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 and clinch the biggest title of his career at the ATP Finals in London on Sunday.
- Notably, Medvedev became the first Russian to win the title since Nikolay Davydenko, who won London’s first edition in 2009.
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Medvedev also defeated Nadal and five-time Finals champion Djokovic, seeing off the Serb easily in the round-robin phase – in between further straight-sets victories over 2018 winner Alexander Zverev and Diego Schwartzman – and fighting from behind to get past Nadal in three sets in Saturday’s other semi-final.
- In the process, Medvedev became only the fourth player in ATP history to beat the world’s top three at the same tournament, joining David Nalbandian (Madrid 2007), Novak Djokovic (Montreal 2007) and Boris Becker (Stockholm 1994).
Medvedev’s Run To The Title
- Final Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
- SF Rafael Nadal 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3
- RR Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-3
- RR Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3
- RR Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4
ATP Finals 2020: Medvedev turned the tide in superb fashion to create history
It was a thrilling encounter to cap off a stunning week of tennis, with both players having unquestionably earned their spots in the final.
For most part of the game, Thiem looked on course to become the first Austrian to win the title, but Medvedev turned the tables around to cap a stunning week for the 24-year-old.
in the first set Medvedev threw away a 40-0 lead on serve at 2-2, gifting Thiem a break with a double-fault. It proved enough for the Austrian to pocket the first set and he went for the quick kill in the second as Medvedev’s usually rock-solid serve and forehand wavered.
The Russian hung in though, saving break points at 2-2 and 3-3, and began to look menacing as the tiebreak arrived.
Thiem led 2-0 but Medvedev reeled off seven points in a row to ensure London’s farewell would go the distance.
In the third set, Medvedev stalked him with his relentless power and accuracy and the Russian secured the break of serve he had threatened at 2-2 with a stealthy approach and volleyed winner.
Thiem dug in but world number four Medvedev never looked like letting his lead slip as he became the fifth successive first-time winner of the title.
There was no big celebration as he fired an unreturnable first serve on match point to end the two-hour-and-42-minute scrap and bring the curtain down on 12 memorable years for the event at the O2 Arena before it relocates to Turin.
Interestingly, Medvedev’s triumph came a year after a chastening debut at the event when he lost all three group matches. The only other player to achieve such a drastic turnaround is Djokovic in 2008.
Alexander Zverev landed it in 2018 and Stefanos Tsitsipas last year. Neither have gone on to claim a Grand Slam title yet, but Medvedev will enter 2021 as the man most likely to make that breakthrough for the much-hyped next generation.
“For tennis there are exciting times coming,” Thiem said of the new vanguard. “Super important for the sport in general.”
“I always said before this tournament that it would be an amazing story if, here in London, where the tournament was for  years, that the first champion would be Russian and the last champion would be Russian, too,” Medvedev said during the trophy ceremony. “A lot of thanks to Nikolay Davydenko for being an inspiration for many kids [like] me [by] winning here. I hope to continue doing his job.”