Medvedev Forces Decider for Nitto ATP Finals Title


Daniil Medvedev forced a decisive set against Dominic Thiem in the Nitto ATP Finals Championship game on Sunday night, tying their clash at 4-6, 7-6 (2).

Medvedev saved three break points in the second set and played a sharp and aggressive tie-break to send the game to a third set after an hour and 52 minutes. Thiem took a 2/0 lead in the tie-break, but the Russian had seven straight points as he slipped into the net to gain momentum. The winner will be a champion for the first time in the season finale.


Thiem leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head 3-1 series. Their last clash was in the US Open semifinals, where the Austrian triumphed in straight sets. Medvedev is in his best form of the year, following his Rolex Paris Masters title. The Russian has won nine consecutive matches, including six against the Top 10. Before Paris-Bercy, he had not beaten a Top 10 opponent of the year.

Medvedev is known for his almost impenetrable defense, but he showed early on that he wanted to control the game from the backline, entering the pitch to try and stop Thiem from unleashing his powerful groundstrokes. The world No.4 attacked Thiem’s ​​forehand in an attempt to prevent the Austrian from playing from the pitch.

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As the game progressed, Thiem increasingly used his share of the backhand, mimicking a tactic Nadal used against Medvedev on Saturday to avoid setting the pace for Russia. In critical moments, as he did against the Spaniard, Medvedev took advantage of the slower pace of play by advancing often.

At 2-2 in the first set, Medvedev let slip a 40/0 advantage, including a missed overhead, to concede the break. Thiem fought from 15/30 as he served the set and won the opener with a forehand that cut the net.

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Thiem appeared poised to take full control when he won three break points in two games in the second set, but Medvedev used his serve to pull himself out of trouble in key moments.

Thiem has taken another step forward this season, reaching his first Grand Slam final on a hard court at the Australian Open and winning his first major trophy at the US Open. Now he is trying to win the final crown of the season a year after losing a final tie-break in the championship match at the O2 against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Medvedev went winless on his London tournament debut last year. But he is now trying to become the undefeated champion of 2020. The Russian may become the second player in the Nitto ATP final not to win a victory in his debut and lift the trophy next year (Novak Djokovic, 2008).

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Medvedev and Thiem beat Djokovic and Rafael Nadal this week, marking the fourth and fifth time that a player has beaten both legends in the Nitto ATP Finals in the same year. If Medvedev emerges victorious on Sunday, he will become the first to beat the top three players in the FedEx ATP rankings in the season finale. This has only happened three times in a single event since the start of the TBEN in 1990.

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