Medvedev, the world No.4, beat the Austrian sledgehammer Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to say the most important title of his profession — the Nitto ATP Finals. The 24-12 months-outdated is the primary to defeat the world’s high three gamers within the season-finale, beating No.1 Novak Djokovic within the group stage of the competitors and second-ranked Rafael Nadal within the semifinals earlier than taking down the No.3 Thiem on Sunday at London’s O2 Arena.
“To win it you beat everybody in the top-10 anyway, but also, the best players in the world,” Medvedev mentioned. “At this moment, maybe someone was not at his best, but it doesn’t matter. They are still the best players in tennis right now.”
After Medvedev served out the match following 2 hours and 42 minutes of intense exchanges, throughout which there have been solely two breaks of serve, he turned within the path of his field, a hesitant half-smile crossing his face. As if he was uncertain of the victory.
Medvedev is delighted when he wins matches, it is what he performs for. Even if he chooses to punctuate his victories with an anaemic show of emotion.
Last 12 months on the US Open, after buying and selling barbs with the group throughout early spherical matches, Medvedev reached out to followers. He apologized, accepting he’d made a mistake. Then, following the ultimate during which he went down in 5 units to Nadal, he tendered an emotional appreciation of the complete home.
“It’s something I decided to do,” Medvedev mentioned of a resolution he arrived at within the autumn of 2019. “At one moment of their career, everybody decides to do something special. In tennis maybe I’m the first one, some players in football don’t celebrate their goals. I don’t celebrate my victories. That’s just my thing. I like it.”
The world No.4’s victory ensured Russians bookended London’s 12-12 months run as host metropolis of the season-ending championships, with compatriot and boyhood hero Nikolay Davydenko having gained the primary version within the British capital in 2009.
A month in the past, Medvedev was distant from the shape that noticed him sweep to 10 straight wins, claiming titles in Paris after which London. The Moscow native, who arrived in Paris with simply three wins from his final eight matches, was looking for his first trophy in 13 months.
The basis of Medvedev’s play is his mild-footed protection. Hopelessly out of place, he nonetheless manages to make it. At instances it looks as if he is strolling on air. Floating on it. An invigorating combine of delicate all-courtroom abilities, flat possibly the Russian’s model, however his recreation carries the chunk of a blade. Ask Thiem.
The two-time finalist mentioned, “two guys faced-off, (both) in great form. It was great level all three sets.”
In a praise to his opponent, Medvedev billed his win within the closing, the very best victory of his life.
“To beat Dominic the way he played today, not even talking about the title,” he mentioned, including that his type augurs effectively for 2021. “My level of game, especially the last two matches, is just unbelievable. It gives me a lot of confidence for the future.”
The style during which the finalists matched up on the courtroom — energy and precision, decided and deft, braveness and canny — was an expression of the respect every has for the opposite’s play. Strains of a Federer and Nadal face-off on a grass courtroom.
Some three years aside in age, their first assembly as youngsters was unforgettable. It was in Umag, Croatia, in a junior event. Medvedev was solely 14, whereas Thiem, by then, had already made the ultimate of the Roland Garros boys occasion. The 17-12 months-outdated was, as Medvedev took pains to clarify, ‘a celebrity amongst juniors’.
Their programs collided within the second spherical of the clay courtroom occasion, the Austrian walked away with a 6-2, 6-0 win.
“I had a crazy attitude on the court, like 10 times worse than right now,” Medvedev defined. “After the match he told me, ‘you’re going to have a good future maybe, but you need to be a little bit more calm’.”
There is a serenity about Medvedev’s play now, particularly when his recreation is crackling. It burns.
MEDVEDEV @ ATP FINALS
Aces off second serve: 0
Aces from Deuce Court: 22; Aces from Ad Court: 21
Average First Serve velocity: 123.72 MPH,
Average Second Serve velocity: 99.24 MPH
No of aces when trailing 15-40: 3
No of aces when main 40-15: 5
Broken in 5 matches: 5
Break factors transformed: 12/46
– Statistics by INFOSYS