Daniil Medvedev becomes the sixth different champion at the ATP Finals since 2015 after Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. In the last lap in the O2 Arena in London, home of the masters' tournament since Nikolay Davydenko's success in 2009, the Russian last champion in Paris-Bercy at the Paris Rolex Masters puts an end to Dominic Thiem's march.
We have to remember that from 2021 to 2025 the ATP Finals will be held in Turin, in Italy. Medvedev, who is the fourth player in history to beat the number one, number two and number three of the world in the same tournament, closes the month of November from unbeaten and above all adds the ninth pearl to the series of successes.
Needless to say the most valuable. With a tactical plan as simple as it is effective (seasoned among other things by about forty appearances near the network), the twenty-four-year-old Russian drags himself to 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 after more than two hours and thirty of game.
Daniil Medvedev is the new Maestro
The first set runs on one episode. Medvedev, who has a better start and above all manages the exchanges from the baseline better, does not take advantage of a handful of break points and squanders a 40-0 lead over 2-2.
The Russian tennis player, who pays two rather gross errors with the forehand and misses a rather simple high volley, jams on the advantage-Austria with a double fault. Thiem lets himself be dragged to the advantages in the next game, but finds the support of the serve in the moment of massive difficulty and above all defends the last two rounds with incredible authority.
Thiem flirts with the break during the fifth game, does not take advantage of another handful of chances at 3-3, but above all he risks losing the advantage on 3-4. Medvedev, who wins an exhausting arm wrestling on the left diagonal when the score is delicately unstable at 30-30, takes at least the tie break with an unlikely serve & volley.
Medvedev shows up with a forehand mistake, but recovers the mini-disadvantage by throwing himself once again near the net. And above all he builds a mega-partial 7-0 which is worth the third set. Medvedev, who has a decidedly wider package of solutions from the baseline and once again more petrol available in the tank, looks up to the advantages in the opening game of response and even if he does not take advantage of a crush of the opponent tennis player, who finds himself on 0-40 in the third game, on the ninth useful attempt, on 2-2, he delivers the decisive shoulder and limits himself to defending the last three games with authority.