Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev showed his class after winning the Nitto ATP Finals as he spoke extreme highly of Dominic Thiem and showed the respect he has for the top-ranked Austrian tennis player. Medvedev, who didn't win a single match in his debut at The O2 Arena last year, edged out Thiem 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 to lift his maiden Nitto ATP Finals title.
After saving two break points in the seventh game of the second set, Medvedev completely turned the match around as he dominated the second-set tie-break to force a decider. In the third set, Medvedev broke Thiem in the fifth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the way to claim a win.
"What a match. One of my best victories, two hours [and] 42 [minutes], three sets against an amazing player," Medvedev said during the trophy ceremony, per the Nitto ATP Finals website. "Dominic, congratulations already for what you achieved in your career.
Your name is already in the history of tennis books. It is amazing. You won a Grand Slam this year. You are playing unbelievable. I hope we are going to have many more matches to come on the big occasions like this."
Medvedev wins the last edition in London
Former Russian No.
1 Nikolay Davydenko won the Nitto ATP Finals title at The O2 Arena in 2009 and 11 years later Medvedev did the same. From 2021 onward, the Nitto ATP Finals will be staged in Turin. "I always said before this tournament that it would be an amazing story if, here in London, where the tournament was for 11 years, that the first champion would be Russian and the last champion would be Russian, too," Medvedev said.
"A lot of thanks to Nikolay Davydenko for being an inspiration for many kids [like] me [by] winning here. I hope to continue doing his job”. Thiem didn't lack class either as he admitted Medvedev deserved the victory.
"Of course, I am disappointed, but at the same time I am also proud of the performance of all the week. Daniil really deserved it," Thiem said during the trophy ceremony. "[It was an] amazing match. Congratulations for, in general, another great year.
I think it was an amazing month [in] November, with [the] Bercy title and here and I hope we will have many great matches to come. It was a pleasure today, even though I lost”.