Medvedev Defeats Nadal to Set Final with Thiem at Nitto ATP Finals

Medvedev Defeats Nadal to Set Final with Thiem at Nitto ATP Finals

The 33-year-old won his first major championship at the 2008 Australian Open when he outlasted Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final.

Thiem led the second-set tie-break but Medvedev reeled off seven points in a row to force a decider and came through a tight final set to ensure victory. "Of course I will try everything to win the title", Thiem said. The most sensible result to call would be that this goes to a deciding set as the conditions, without spectators, make for lapses in concentration and sudden swings in momentum, just as we saw in both semi-finals.

But Medvedev, the runner-up to Nadal at the 2019 U.S. Open, finally converted on his sixth break chance of the third set - and ninth of the match - by sneaking forward behind a return, making a forehand volley victor and going up 3-2.

Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev came from one set down to oust world number two Rafael Nadal 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, reaching the final at the ATP Finals for the first time here on Saturday.

Today, the old guard Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal fell by the wayside to Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev, respectively.

"I played a bad game at 5-4, I had a big opportunity, but well played to him", Nadal said. He, however, roared back to win the next six points and while Djokovic saved a fifth match point, Thiem got the job done at the next opportunity. "It was awesome, and it's not gonna be like that in every match". The Spaniard, who clinched a record 13th Roland Garros title in October, said the reverse was a combination of some good tennis by his opponent and poor play by him.

"I felt really odd until 5-4 for him in the second set, when he was serving for the match", Medvedev said in his on-court interview.

Thiem took time to settle at the start of the match, hitting a number of unforced errors, but found his rhythm and his single-handed backhand became an important weapon as the match wore on. With Medvedev having the better of the longer rallies, Thiem kept the points short, using his slice to stop Medvedev unleashing his own heavy shots.

"All the match till 5-4 I felt like I was doing some good things but not enough, and I didn't feel inside myself, inside my mind, my game, the link between the shots, which I started feeling after I broke him", Medvedev told reporters.

Nadal, seeking the one major pot missing from his vast collection of silverware, must have seen the door creaking open when Thiem produced a staggering fightback to beat Djokovic 7-5 6-7 (10) 7-6 (5) in a classic contest lasting nearly three hours.

"The comment [that] got the most likes was, 'My mind is saying Dominic and Daniil will be in the final and my heart goes for Rafa and Novak, '" he said.

Djokovic, who is chasing a record-equalling sixth title, still was not at his best but played, and fought, a lot better than in his convincing loss to Medvedev on Wednesday. I think it's super for tennis. Dominic won his first slam, playing unbelievable tennis right now. And I also think he's returning better.

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