Nadal had received 71 matches in a row when grabbing the opening set, and he served for the victory in Saturday’s semifinals when main 5-4 within the second set. However Medvedev broke at love there and got here all the way in which again to win 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
That got here after Thiem frittered away 4 match factors in his semifinal in opposition to Djokovic as a result of he was “tight and nervous” throughout a second-set tiebreaker. Thiem gathered himself and finally reeled off seven of the match’s final eight factors after trailing 4-0 within the final tiebreaker, profitable 7-5, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (5).
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“What he did from 0-4 within the third-set tiebreaker was simply unreal,” mentioned Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion. “I do not assume I performed dangerous. … He simply crushed the ball and every little thing went in.”
Thiem ended Djokovic’s bid for a record-tying sixth ATP Finals trophy, whereas Medvedev prevented Nadal from persevering with to pursue essentially the most vital title the 20-time main champ hasn’t received.
Nadal appeared on his approach to the ultimate when he reeled off 4 consecutive video games within the second set to provide himself the prospect to serve for the match. He surprisingly stumbled there.
First win over Nadal, first ultimate in London
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As soon as he was again within the match, Medvedev took benefit, dominating the following tiebreaker with the assistance of a shanked lob winner, a forehand winner that claimed a 26-stroke change and a leaping backhand that drew a netted forehand.
Nadal could not shake that off, dropping the match’s final three video games as he serve-and-volleyed greater than traditional, sliced his backhand greater than traditional and made forehand errors greater than traditional.
Medvedev had been 0-3 in opposition to Nadal, together with a five-set loss within the 2019 U.S. Open ultimate, and the lanky 24-year-old Russian’s top-notch serve, succesful backhand and willingness to hold in lengthy baseline rallies offered Saturday’s breakthrough.
A 12 months in the past, Medvedev went 0-3 in round-robin play on the ATP Finals, whereas Thiem was the runner-up to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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Whoever wins Sunday on the indoor onerous court docket _ the place issues shall be quiet as a result of spectators are banned as a result of coronavirus pandemic _ would be the event’s sixth completely different champion over the previous six years, the longest such stretch since 1974-79.
It was the primary time since 2004 that the highest 4 gamers within the rankings crammed the 4 semifinal slots for the ATP Finals. Djokovic, already assured of ending the 12 months ranked No. 1 for a record-tying sixth time, was making an attempt to match Roger Federer’s mark of six ATP Finals trophies.
Within the second set in opposition to Djokovic, Thiem’s ace put him forward 6-5 within the tiebreaker, one level from victory.
However Djokovic saved that preliminary likelihood with a 127 mph service winner. Thiem’s subsequent alternative to win got here at 7-6, however he double-faulted.
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“I used to be, like, so tight in my complete physique,” Thiem mentioned.
The third was at 9-8, when he pushed a down-the-line forehand vast. At 10-9, Djokovic erased No. 4 with a forehand that landed proper on a line.
That started a three-point run by Djokovic to steal the set.
However Thiem regrouped and his three hundredth profession tour-level victory made him solely the second man with at the very least 5 wins every in opposition to the Massive Three of Djokovic (5-7 profession mark), Federer (5-2) and Nadal (6-9). Andy Murray is the opposite.
“When you beat these guys,” Thiem mentioned, “it offers you an enormous enhance of confidence.”
Notice: Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares clinched the year-end No. 1 crew rating for males’s doubles when the opposite contenders, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, misplaced in Saturday’s semifinals to Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.