Daniil Medvedev defeated World No. 3 Dominic Thiem in 3 sets to win the Nitto ATP Finals on Sunday.
- Medvedev and Thiem became the first players since Roger Federer in 2010 to beat Djokovic and Nadal in the same format of the Nitto ATP Finals this week.
Medvedev ends the season on a 10-match winning series, seven of those coming against Top 10 players.
Nitto ATP Finals 2020, Daniil Medvedev considers his run at the Nitto ATP Finals is proof that when he’s at his best, he could beat anybody in the world.
The Russian defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the round-robin stage and Rank No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals before scoring a 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 win over World Rank No. 3 Dominic Thiem at Sunday’s final.
“It is amazing [to beat the Top 3 here]… In the group I beat Novak Djokovic, then Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals and Dominic Thiem in the final, [the] best players in the world… [It] means a lot,” said Medvedev. “[It] shows what I’m capable of when I’m playing good when I’m feeling good mentally, physically. I know what I’m capable of. I just need to produce it more and more and hopefully more matches like this.”
The final victory against Thiem is the toughest of my life: Daniil Medvedev
The win was the ninth career title for Medvedev and he concludes the season with 10 consecutive wins, which include victories over seven top 10 players.
The Russian went on to assert that Dominic Thiem was playing his very best level in the closing, which he had to dig deep to hold off him.
“It was the toughest victory in my life because Dominic Thiem is a really tough player to play,” said Medvedev. “I think today he was at his best… That’s what I felt during the match. He was really close to winning it [in the] the second set. I managed to stay there. I felt in the third set that I was really tired physically, for sure, but I felt like he started to miss some balls, he started to run a little bit slower because he was tired.
Dominic Thiem is known to be among the most physically imposing players on the tour, and Medvedev confessed that. The Russian believes that getting the Austrian exhausted in the next group was a fantastic achievement in itself, provided that Thiem can usually play for hours without getting tired.
“To make Dominic Thiem tired in a three-set match, not a five-set, I think is a great achievement. All these small things, Dominic Thiem is playing as [of] today [as] one of the best players in the history [of the sport], not yet maybe by the titles and Grand Slams, but as I say, playing [with the form of] today.”
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