On the updated ATP ranking list that comes out on Monday, Daniil Medvedev will pass Dominic Thiem by 70 points and secure the place among the top-4 seeds at the Australian Open! The draw for the first Major of the season comes out next week and Daniil will follow Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the list of seeds, avoiding facing the greatest players in the world before the semi-final.
With four victories and one defeat at the ATP Cup, Medvedev won almost 200 points more than Thiem who scored only one triumph for Austria, propelling himself into the fourth place on the list and hoping for a good draw and run, just like at the US Open last September when he played in the final.
In his last match at the ATP Cup, Daniil lost an epic battle against Novak Djokovic 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 in almost three hours of incredible tennis on both sides, earning his fifth singles victory of the season and adding more points to his tally.
Novak won 15 points more than Daniil thanks to that opening set but had to work for every point in sets two and three, as the youngster pushed him to the limits until the very last moment for one of the best three-setters of the season that has just begun.
They both faced 11 break chances and Djokovic delivered better tennis in those crucial moments to cross the finish line first and stay on the title course. It was the tennis of the highest order from Novak in the opener, taking it in just over half an hour with breaks in games four and six after controlling the pace in the rallies and taming the rival's shots completely.
They traded breaks at the beginning of set number two, with Daniil securing another one in the fourth game after a forehand mistake from the Serb. Djokovic pulled the break back in the seventh game and reached four deuces on the return two games later, unable to make an extra step and create break opportunities.
Daniil responded with a break in game 12 thanks to a backhand down the line winner, stealing the set 7-5 after some 75 minutes and hoping for more of the same in the decider. There, Medvedev wasted game points at 2-2 and got broken after an incredible point and a volley winner from Novak who made the crowd erupting in joy.
Serving for the victory at 5-4, Novak fended off a couple of break opportunities, converting the second match point to lay on the ground and start a massive celebration with his teammates.