ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas shines on debut to topple Daniil Medvedev



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ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas shines on debut to topple Daniil Medvedev

Facing each other for the sixth time in the last two years, the ATP Finals debutants Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev kicked off the action in Andre Agassi Group. The Greek prevailed 7-6, 6-4 in an hour and 42 minutes for his first victory over the Russian after five straight losses and the best possible start of what should be the first out of many ATP Finals campaigns.

Dropping only five points behind the first serve, Stefanos never faced a break point, mounting the pressure on Daniil who couldn't endure it despite fending off three out of four chances offered to the rival, losing the opening set tie break and playing one loose service game in set number two to finish on the negative side.

The Russian had 24 winners and 16 unforced errors and that wasn't enough at least for a set against the rival who landed 26 winners and 28 mistakes, with Tsitsipas who had a small edge in the mid-range rallies and Medvedev in those most extended ones, staying neck and neck all the time.

Daniil had to save a break chance in the second game of the clash and they both served well after that to set up a tie break where Stefanos placed a volley winner at 5-5 to earn a set point, forcing an error from Daniil in the next point to claim the opener after 54 minutes.

Medvedev blasted two winners in the seventh game of the second set to stay in touch before sending a backhand long in game nine to suffer a break and offer Stefanos a chance to close the match in the next game. Tsitsipas seized it with both hands to earn her first victory at this event and finally defeat the rival whom he probably wanted to beat the most here in London.