World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev achieved a historic milestone at The O2 Arena this past week as he beat each of the top-3 players in the world en route to winning his maiden Nitto ATP Finals title. Medvedev, who was making only his second appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals, beat world No.
1 Novak Djokovic in the Round Robin stage, before he beat world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinal and third-ranked Dominic Thiem in the final, respectively. "It is amazing,” Medvedev said of his milestone achievement.
“I mean, to be honest, to win it, it means that you beat everybody who is top 10, anyway, when you win a Masters. But also, in a group I beat Novak, then Rafa in the semis, and Dominic in the final, best players in the world”.
Medvedev wants to build on his Nitto ATP Finals success
Medvedev now only lacks a Grand Slam title and he is determined to keep improving and win one as soon as next year. Medvedev has been struggling a bit at the Grand Slam level with his consistency so far in his career.
"Means a lot,” Medvedev said. “Shows what I’m capable of when I’m playing good, when I’m feeling good mentally, physically. I know what I’m capable of. Just I need to produce it more and more and hopefully more matches like this, as I say.
"When you have this sort of confidence, you just need to know how to keep it. And I think I do know how to do it, especially looking back at last year also where I had six finals in a row. So now the question is how to find it faster sometimes”.
Medvedev also noted that winning the Nitto ATP Finals was a great boost of confidence. "I think it can give me a lot for my future career, I mean, to beat Dominic the way he played today and to manage to beat him is probably my best victory of my life,” Medvedev said.
“Not even talking about the title itself. I mean, to win a Masters, being undefeated, I mean, honestly I know I can play good, but I would not believe it if you would tell me this before the tournament. “So a great boost of confidence for all the slams coming up and all the tournaments. Hopefully I can continue this way”.