Daniil Medvedev won the ATP Finals for the first time in his career on Sunday. The Russian was just too strong for Dominic Thiem in the exciting and equal final battle in London with 4-6, 7-6 (2) and 6-4, who lost the final of the ATP Finals for the second year in a row.
Medvedev also completed a beautiful feat with his victory over Thiem. The Russian beat the entire top three of the world rankings with Thiem, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in London. Thiem failed to win the ATP Finals for the second year in a row, after Stéfanos Tsitsipás had proved too strong in the final in three sets last year.
Thiem immediately gave up two break points in the ten-minute second game, but still managed to get his first serve with great difficulty. After that, things went better for the third-placed Austrian, who only needed a break in the fifth game to take the first set.
In the second set, despite several break chances, the fight went completely equal, and a tiebreak had to make the decision. In it, Thiem came to 0-2, but then Medvedev won seven points in a row and thus forced a decisive third set.
The Russian number four in the world took a lot of confidence from the tiebreak, because in the third set he was clearly the parent against Thiem, who is one place higher in the world ranking. In the third game, Medvedev left three breakpoints, but two games later it was hit. Then he kept his nerves under control and struck on his first match point.
The 24-year-old Medvedev took the biggest win of his career with his victory and his ninth ATP title in total. In early November, he was the best at the Paris ATP tournament, his only other title of 2020.
Dominic Thiem lost the final at the ATP Finals for the second year in a row. (Photo: Pro Shots)