ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Daniil Medvedev in London opener

ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Daniil Medvedev in London opener

Stefanos Tsitsipas hailed one of the "most important victories" of his career after breaking his hoodoo against Daniil Medvedev on Monday as Rafael Nadal prepared to launch his bid for a first ATP Finals title.

Djokovic will finish the year as world number one if he wins the tournament and Nadal does not reach the semi-finals.

The evening match was much more entertaining as Thiem, runner-up at the French Open to Nadal in June for a second successive year, took his career record over Federer to 5-2.

Federer squandered an early chance to break in the second set and the games went with serve until the 11th game again, when Thiem broke to love after the third seed dumped a forehand into the net. The 22-year-old German won 6-2, 6-4 to celebrate his first victory over the Spaniard in the pair's sixth meeting.

So in his signature flamboyant style, Tstisipas chased to the net to work match point, clenched his fists at his box, and served out the win, 6-4, after an hour and three-quarters. The Greek was great on serve throughout the match, not hitting any double faults and not facing a single breakpoint. "I did get p***** and said what I said, which I do regret, but at the time I was very frustrated that things happened this way".

"I have good hopes to be 100 per cent ready for Monday". We can find reasons or excuses, but at the end of the day, [all that] really matters is I need to play much better in two days after tomorrow. "That's the only thing", he added.

Zverev, one of four players under the age of 24 at the event in London, was delighted to recapture his best form after a mixed season.

Nadal was married last month, having won the year's last Grand Slam - the US Open - in September for his 19th major title.

The victory means Zverev has now beaten the illustrious trio in three consecutive matches on the same court.

The Spaniard has qualified for the year-end championships for 15 years in a row but has only made nine appearances due to injuries.

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece serves to Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation during their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London on Monday.

The two debutants of the season finale unveiled the match for Group Andre Agassi with Medvedev leading the head-to-head in 5-0.

Since that match, Medvedev had earned another four straight wins over Tsitsipas, including in the Shanghai semifinals in October.

"I'd like to know if somehow your concentration on tennis life has been a bit different, even if you were going out with the same girl for many, many years?"

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