Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoyed following Daniil Medvedev's campaign at the Nitto ATP Finals as he praised the top-ranked Russian for the way he performed at The O2 Arena this past week. Medvedev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
4 in the world, recovered from a set down in the final to beat world No. 3 Dominic Thiem 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 and lift his maiden Nitto ATP Finals title. Medvedev went 5-0 at the Nitto ATP Finals as his run to the title also included victories over Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic, Diego Schwartzman and Rafael Nadal.
"You went through the whole ATP Finals tournament brilliantly and in one breath, you demonstrated great preparation, mastery and truly fighting spirit in beautiful and tense matches. Your victory continues great traditions of the Russian tennis school," the telegram reads, as quoted on TASS News Agency.
Medvedev won the last edition held in London
Russia's Nikolay Davydenko won the first edition of the Nitto ATP Finals staged at The O2 Arena. On Sunday, Medvedev also won it all in London and he will be hoping to claim back-to-back ATP Finals titles when the season-ending event takes place in Turin next year.
"I always said before this tournament that it would be an amazing story if, here in London, where the tournament was for  years, that the first champion would be Russian and the last champion would be Russian, too," Medvedev said during the trophy ceremony.
"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”. Medvedev spoke extremely highly of Thiem after the final. "What a match.
One of my best victories, two hours [and] 42 [minutes], three sets against an amazing player," Medvedev said. "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. "I remember some of the [break points] and he was playing unbelievable.
I remember he was crushing the ball as if there was no tomorrow. So, yeah, lucky and happy to finally make it in the third set actually in good style, going to the net, winning the point with a winner."