After a defeat in the 1st set, Daniil Medvedev made a fitting comeback against Dominic Thiem to win the title of the highest order in his career so far.
ATP Finals 2020: Daniil Medvedev beats Dominic Thiem. (Reuters Photo)
- Russian Tennis star Daniil Medvedev wins maiden ATP finals title
- Thiem took away the first set by 6-4 before Medvedev bounced back
- The ATP finals, held in London for 12 years, will now be moved to Turin next year
After having conquered world No.2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinal, Daniil Medevev (4) lifted the ATP final title as he defeated world No.3 Dominic Thiem on Sunday, November 23. After a defeat in the 1st set to Thiem, Medvedev bounced back in the game to take it away by 4-6 7-6 6-4 in a fitting finale competition.
The ATP finals win has been the biggest title of the 24-year-old’s career so far. Meanwhile US Open winner Dominic Thiem, who defeated World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinal, was up to become the first Austrian to lift the ATP finals title. However, the rise of Medvedev after Thiem taking the first set, has set the stage for a new World Tennis era.
With Roger Federer’s career coming to an end, and his fellow rulers of the past 2-3 generations- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal- being rightfully challenged by these talented youngsters, World Tennis is set to have the rise of new hierarchy.
Sunday’s final was the last one at the O2 Arena in London, where the ATP Finals have been held for the last 12 years, as the next tournament has been moved to Turin in Italy. The closed doors event went on for 2 hours and 42 minutes at the O2 Arena and it marked a full circle for the venue which hosted its first winner, also a Russain, Nikolay Davydenko in 2009.
It was a huge career milestone for Medvedev, who after Sunday’s win became only the 4th player in ATP history to beat the world’s top three ranked Tennis players in the same tournament. Before Medvedev, David Nalbandian (Madrid 2007), Novak Djokovic (Montreal 2007) and Boris Becker (Stockholm 1994) have achieved this feat.
“It’s amazing. I beat Novak (in the group), Rafa in the semis and Dominic, the best players in tennis right now. It shows what I’m capable of. I think Dominic was a little tired in the third set and to make him tired in a three-set match is tough,” Medvedev said after defeating the 27-year-old Austrian.
“For tennis there are exciting times coming. Super important for the sport in general,” Thiem said about the shake up in the Tennis hierarchy.