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Sport Medvedev fights off Nadal to set up ATP Finals showdown with Thiem

02:15  22 november  2020
02:15  22 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Medvedev storms back to beat Thiem and claim ATP Finals title

  Medvedev storms back to beat Thiem and claim ATP Finals title Medvedev storms back to beat Thiem and claim ATP Finals titleLONDON (Reuters) - Daniil Medvedev barged to the head of the queue of young pretenders as the Russian captured the biggest title of his career by storming back to beat Dominic Thiem 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4 in an absorbing climax to London's last ATP Finals on Sunday.

Daniil Medvedev levelled his Nitto ATP Finals semi- final against Rafael Nadal at 3-6, 7-6(4) to force a deciding set Saturday evening. The winner will play Dominic Thiem on Sunday for the season finale title.

Daniil Medvedev levelled his Nitto ATP Finals semi- final against Rafael Nadal at 3-6, 7-6(4) to Last year at the Nitto ATP Finals , the Spaniard saved a match point and overcame a 5-1 third- set deficit Medvedev let slip his advantage and then gave up a second break by hitting a forehand volley right to Did You Know? Thiem has beaten World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Nadal en route to the final .

LONDON (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal's dream of adding the ATP Finals title to his vast collection of silverware was ended for another year as the Spaniard was beaten 3-6 7-6(4) 6-3 by Russian Daniil Medvedev in a sizzling semi-final on Saturday.

Daniil Medvedev holding a racket: ATP Finals © Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE ATP Finals a man wearing a hat: ATP Finals © Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE ATP Finals

World number four Medvedev's first career victory over the 20-times Grand Slam champion sent him through to a Sunday showdown against Dominic Thiem who earlier beat Novak Djokovic in another titanic clash.

The 24-year-old Medvedev reached the semi-finals as the only player to post a 100% record in his group, including a superb defeat of Djokovic.

Is the Big-Three era in tennis drawing to a close?

  Is the Big-Three era in tennis drawing to a close? Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been absent from the title match at the ATP Finals for the past two years, replaced by younger rivals seeking to smash their monopoly. Instead of the "Big Three" it was Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev who took centre stage at London's O2 Arena on Sunday, with Russia's Medvedev coming out on top. But do the results at the season-ending tournament signal the end of an era for men's tennis orInstead of the "Big Three" it was Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev who took centre stage at London's O2 Arena on Sunday, with Russia's Medvedev coming out on top.

Daniil Medvedev suffered a third- set meltdown as he lost to Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals in Medvedev was leading 5-1 in the decisive third set and had match point but threw it away as Nadal But world number one Nadal fought back to immediately break the Russian at the first opportunity in

ATP FINALS 2020 grand final has been confirmed, with Daniil Medvedev taking on Dominic Thiem in London. The ATP Finals through up a major shock as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal dropped out of the race to win The ATP Finals final is set to take place from 6pm on Sunday November 22.

He was the better player in the opening set against Nadal but one lapse on serve was all the Spaniard required to snatch it.

Daniil Medvedev hitting a ball with a racket: ATP Finals © Reuters/PAUL CHILDS ATP Finals

Medvedev blew a big lead in the second set when Nadal was one point away from a going down 5-1. Nadal swung the match his way and served for a place in the final at 5-4, only for Medvedev to break to love.

A flukey forehand winner helped Medvedev move 5-3 ahead in the tiebreaker and he took full advantage to set up a decider.

a group of people standing on a court with a racket: ATP Finals © Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE ATP Finals

Nadal appeared to be feeling the pace in a tense final set and some sensational winners allowed Medvedev to grab the crucial break of serve in the seventh game.

a person hitting a ball with a racket: ATP Finals © Reuters/PAUL CHILDS ATP Finals

Two games later Nadal dumped a backhand in the net to hand Medvedev a landmark victory.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond)

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