Sunday 22nd November 2020
The professional tennis season ends with a title for Daniil Medvedev. The 24-year-old Russian crowns his successful year-end spurt and creates a novelty.
First the victory at the Masters in Paris, now the triumph at the season finale: Russian tennis professional Daniil Medvedev is surfing the wave of success into the winter break and has crowned his strong season final spurt with the title at the prestigious ATP finals. The world number four won the final in London with a lot of morale against US Open Champion Dominic Thiem from Austria 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 4 and celebrated the greatest success of his career.
The 24-year-old Medvedev became the first player to beat numbers one to three in the world at the ATP Finals. In the preliminary round he defeated the world number one Novak Djokovic, in the semifinals he eliminated Rafael Nadal before Thiem had to congratulate the world number three in the final. On the ATP tour, this feat had only ever been achieved by three players, including Boris Becker in Stockholm in 1994.
Medvedev ended the season with ten wins in a row – before the ATP Finals, he had already defeated German number one Alexander Zverev in the Paris final. The Hamburger, who had won the season finale of the eight best of the year in 2018, had already failed in the group stage in London.
Medvedev succeeds in masterpiece
Thiem’s first service game, which lasted ten minutes alone, showed how hard the final should be. Both players were immediately at operating temperature and repeatedly involved in long rallies, with a double fault Medvedev gave Thiem the first break to make it 3-2. The Austrian no longer gave up the advantage.
In the second set, too, both players were mostly at eye level, but only showed high-quality tennis at times. Medvedev always got into trouble when he served himself, but the Austrian negligently left good chances for a preliminary decision – and Medvedev punished him in the tie-break. In the decision sentence, Thiem suddenly stood with his back to the wall, at 1: 1 he fended off three breakballs. A little later he was unable to free himself, Medvedev got stronger and stronger and grabbed the break to 3-2. The Muscovite showed no more weakness and secured the winner’s check for around 1.3 million euros.