Monday, November 23, 2020

Medvedev rallies past Thiem for ATP Finals title


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Thiem scored the only service break in the opening set in the fifth game. There were no breaks in the second set and Thiem took a 2-0 lead in the tiebreak, only to see Medvedev reel off seven straight points.

In the third set, Medvedev won 14 of his 16 first-serve points and finally broke Thiem’s serve in the fifth game.

“Of course, I am disappointed, but at the same time I am also proud of the performance of all the week. Daniil really deserved it,” Thiem said during the trophy ceremony. “(It was an) amazing match. … It was a pleasure today, even though I lost.”

Thiem also finished runner-up in this event last year, losing in the final to Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in a third-set tiebreak.

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Medvedev is the sixth different winner of the ATP Finals in the past six years. He is the first Russian champion since Nikola Davydenko in 2009, the first year the event was held in London. It moves to Turin, Italy, next year.

“I always said before this tournament that it would be an amazing story if, here in London, where the tournament was for 11 years, that the first champion would be Russian and the last champion would be Russian, too,” Medvedev said. “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.”

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