Nitto ATP Finals - Daniil Medvedev vs Dominic Thiem Preview & Prediction

Russia's Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi-final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal at the O2 Lond

Medvedev, who upset Rafael Nadal to storm into the final of the season-ending event, said it's good for tennis that he and Thiem will be vying for the title.

The Nitto ATP Finals 2020 will be live-streamed on SonyLIV.

Still, after frittering away four match points in their semifinal Saturday because he was "tight and nervous" during a second-set tiebreaker, Thiem gathered himself. He's got the experience of having almost won it previous year, and this time in the final, he comes in as a Slam champion.

Russian Medvedev, who has won nine matches in a row, beats Spanish Nadal, world number two, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 during their ATP semi final match.


Djokovic was on the verge of claiming a huge comeback win but Thiem recovered from a 4-0 third-set deficit to make the final. I mean, the relationship between me and the players won't change. He just crushed the ball.

When it ended with Djokovic sailing a forehand long, Thiem dropped his racket and covered his face with his hands.

Thiem could have closed things more than an hour earlier.

Rating his opponent highly, the big Russian said Thiem, on current form, would prove to be a tough competitor for him in the final.

Nadal served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but was broken to love before Medvedev secured the crucial break midway through the final set to set up the last final of this event to be staged at the O2 before it moves to Turin after 12 years in England's capital. His serve was rolling while Nadal was on his heels.

So once again the Big 3 come up empty in London, but that makes way for a new champion for a fifth straight year.

After defeating Alexander Zverev to advance to reach the final four of the ATP Finals, Novak Djokovic said tennis authorities could adopt clearer policies on domestic abuse in light of allegations made against the U.S. Open runner-up by his ex-girlfriend. In the second-set tie-break, Thiem blew four match points - on his first match point he served a double fault.

The disbelief that sparked Daniil Medvedev's countenance on Saturday night was a contrast to the dazed look of 12 months ago, when the Russian led Rafael Nadal down the home straight, having kicked-up a 5-1 lead, even holding match point.

Thiem faced three break points and saved them all, quite an achievement against supreme returner Djokovic.

And while Thiem managed to produce only a pair of break points, he used one of those to take a 6-5 lead in the opening set. "But I guess it wasn't developed and it wasn't there because we just did not have the cases like this", said Djokovic, who used to be president of the ATP's player council before he resigned earlier this year.

The third was at 9-8, when he pushed a down-the-line forehand wide.

"At the end of the set I was playing a little bit better than him, and then in the 5-4 I think he played a good game and I didn't", he said in his post-match virtual press conference.



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