ATP Finals: Medvedev claims ‘best victory’ of his life

Daniil Medvedev defeated Dominic Thiem on Sunday to claim his maiden title at the ATP Finals

Daniil Medvedev went down to Gael Monfils on a day of upsets at Indian Wells

Daniil Medvedev scripted a stunning season-turnaround and probably the biggest win of his career as he defeated Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 after two hours and 43 minutes to win the ATP Finals.

Medvedev, who also beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic and World No. 2 Rafael Nadal earlier in the week, is the first player to sweep the top three players in the ATP Rankings at the season finale.

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The Russian is only the fourth player to accomplish the feat at a single event since the start of the ATP Tour in 1990. Medvedev is the first player from his country to win the year-end championships since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009.

“Today was probably the best victory of my life, not in terms even of the title, in terms of the match,” said the 24-year-old after the match.

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“To beat Dominic when he is playing like this, he is really tough. I think he actually likes the way I play, so it was really tough mentally. I’m just the happiest man in the world at this moment.”

Entering the Paris Masters two weeks ago, Medvedev was just 18-10 on the season without a title or a win against Top 10 opponents.

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Since arriving at Paris-Bercy, where he lifted his third ATP Masters 1000 trophy, the 24-year-old has won 10 consecutive matches, including seven against the Top 10.

“It’s just unbelievable, because it’s 10 matches I’ve won in a row and two of the biggest tournaments at the end of the year,” said Medvedev.

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“I remember my first match against [Kevin] Anderson in Paris where he retired at 5/2 in the tie-break. I couldn’t put one return in the court. I was sometimes on the ball, but it was going 10 metres out and in my mind I was like, ‘I’m playing so bad right now. I’m playing so bad.

“Then just by fighting, by keeping in the matches I started to raise my level and just played unbelievable.”

One year ago, Medvedev made a winless debut at this tournament, claiming just one set. Now he is the 2020 champion, earning 1,500 ranking points and a cool bonus of $1,564,000 for remaining undefeated through the week.

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Medvedev is the sixth different champion at the year-end championships in the past six years. London’s O2 bid farewell to the tournament as it has been shifted to Turin from next year.