Dominic Thiem was on course to become the first Austrian to win the title however the relentless Medvedev turned the tide to strike a blow for the new generation striving to shake up the tennis hierarchy. The Russian captured the biggest title of his career by beating Dominic Thiem 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4 in an absorbing climax to London’s last ATP Finals on Sunday.
The match lasted for two hours and 42 minutes. The London era ended as a Russian win the 2020 title after Nikolay Davydenko took the 2009 title. The event that attracted 2.8 million fans over the years to the Thames-side arena, the finale, a vintage edition, played out in a silent arena due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The millions watching on TV will have appreciated the skill of Medvedev, who became only the fourth player in ATP history to beat the world’s top three at the same tournament.
He joins David Nalbandian (Madrid 2007), Novak Djokovic (Montreal 2007) and Boris Becker (Stockholm 1994). “It’s amazing,” Medvedev, who earned $1.56 million as an unbeaten champion, told reporters. “I beat Novak (in the group), Rafa in the semis and Dominic, the best players in tennis right now. It shows what I’m capable of” said the winner.