Playing against each other for the sixth time, Daniil Medvedev toppled world no. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 21 minutes. Thus, the Russian is through to the semi-final, earning his first ATP Finals victory against Alexander Zverev in the first match and standing strong against the Serb to become one of the title favorites.
Daniil lost only 15 points in his games, fending off the only break point and securing three return games to move over the top in style. Medvedev had 20 winners and 12 unforced errors, leaving Novak on a 19-28 ratio and overpowering the five-time champion in the shortest and more extended exchanges.
The opening set lasted for 47 minutes and saw 72 points, with the Russian winning 40 of those for 6-3. Outplaying Novak from the baseline, Daniil lost nine points behind the initial shot, never facing a break point and mounting the pressure on the other side of the court.
Medvedev had ten winners and six unforced errors, drawing 16 mistakes from Novak and outplaying the world's leading player in the more extended exchanges. Djokovic survived two break chances in the third game, closing it when Medvedev landed a forehand wide and taking six points on the return a few minutes later.
The Russian survived four deuces in that sixth game, keeping Novak away from break chances and bringing the game home with a forehand winner at the net after 11 minutes. A service winner sent Djokovic 3-2 in front, looking good on serve in those moments before squandering four game points at 3-3.
Producing high-quality and reliable strokes from both wings and every part of the court, Daniil remained in that seventh game and grabbed the third break chance after forcing an error from Novak to open a 4-3 gap.
Daniil Medvedev scored the third victory over Novak Djokovic in London.
Medvedev held at 15 in game eight following a loose forehand from Djokovic, gathering a boost and taking four straight points on the return in the next one for his second break and 6-3.
In set number two, the Russian held everything under control in his games, breaking Novak once to sail over the top. Medvedev hit a booming serve for a hold at love at the beginning of the set, doing everything right on the court so far.
Djokovic sprayed another forehand mistake to lose serve in game two, falling further behind and not looking good without raising his level. The Serb placed another weak drop shot in game three to waste his only break chance, allowing the Russian to close the game with an ace down the T line and rattle off seven straight games!
Novak held at 30 in game four to end his downfall and reduce the deficit before netting a forehand in game five to propel the opponent 4-1 up. Djokovic closed the sixth game to remain within one break deficit, desperately needing a good return game to get back on the scoreboard.
Instead of that, Daniil grabbed the seventh game at love in just over a minute and sealed the deal with a forehand winner in game nine for an impressive victory.