Former world no. 8 Janko Tipsarevic praised the ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev, calling him a future Major champion and world no. 1. The Serb can't see Medvedev dominating in the upcoming years due to his inconsistent results on clay, but he still finds his game impressive.
After a breakthrough run in 2019, it seemed Medvedev would not repeat such a strong run in the season behind us. Before Paris, the Russian had an 18-10 score, with no top-10 wins and four early exits after the US Open semi-final!
Saving his best for the end, the Moscow native conquered both the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals, adding 2500 points to his tally and rattling off seven top-10 triumphs to finish the season in style. In Paris, Medvedev ousted Diego Schwartzman, Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev in back-to-back matches, losing the opening set against the German and dominating the second and third to lift the third Masters 1000 crown.
A year ago, Daniil had failed to score a win at the ATP Finals, turning the tables during his second London trip to oust all five rivals and earn the most significant title of his career. The Russian wrote history books and became the fourth player in the Open era with a victory over all top-3 rivals in the same event, joining Boris Becker, Novak Djokovic and David Nalbandian on the exclusive list.
Daniil stood strong in the round-robin stage, repeated the triumph over Alexander Zverev and ousted world no. 1 Novak Djokovic and Diego Schwartzman to advance into the semis with 600 points on his tally.
Janko Tipsarevic backs Daniil Medvedev to chase Major titles in the future.
In the semis, Rafael Nadal was a game away from beating Medvedev in straight sets before the Russian bounced back, claiming a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory to set the clash against Dominic Thiem.
The encounter lasted for two hours and 42 minutes, and Daniil scored a 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 win, winning three points more than the Austrian and becoming the first player since Alex Corretja in 1998 who came back from a set down at the ATP Finals in the semis and the title match.
The Russian grabbed the second set in the last moment, gained momentum and dominated the decider to move over the top and celebrate his career's fourth notable title, hoping for more of the same in 2021. "Daniil Medvedev is an extraordinary player.
He is a future Major champion and world no. 1. Still, I can't see him as the dominant figure in the future, as he can't produce reliable numbers on clay. His serve is among the best in the world, and he is very intelligent; you can't predict his next shot, no matter how experienced you are. Also, the way he moves and runs with his height is incredible," Janko Tipsarevic said.