Nadal had gained 71 matches in a row when grabbing the opening set, and he served for the victory in Saturday’s semifinals when main 5-Four within the second set. However Medvedev broke at love there and got here all the way in which again to win 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
That got here after Thiem frittered away 4 match factors in his semifinal towards Djokovic as a result of he was “tight and nervous” throughout a second-set tiebreaker. Thiem gathered himself and ultimately reeled off seven of the match’s final eight factors after trailing 4-Zero within the final tiebreaker, profitable 7-5, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (5).
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“What he did from 0-Four within the third-set tiebreaker was simply unreal,” stated Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion. “I do not suppose I performed unhealthy. … He simply crushed the ball and every thing went in.”
Thiem ended Djokovic’s bid for a record-tying sixth ATP Finals trophy, whereas Medvedev prevented Nadal from persevering with to pursue probably the most important title the 20-time main champ hasn’t gained.
Nadal appeared on his technique to the ultimate when he reeled off 4 consecutive video games within the second set to provide himself the prospect to serve for the match. He surprisingly stumbled there.
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As soon as he was again within the match, Medvedev took benefit, dominating the following tiebreaker with the assistance of a shanked lob winner, a forehand winner that claimed a 26-stroke change and a leaping backhand that drew a netted forehand.
Nadal could not shake that off, dropping the match’s final three video games as he serve-and-volleyed greater than common, sliced his backhand greater than common and made forehand errors greater than common.
Medvedev had been 0-Three towards Nadal, together with a five-set loss within the 2019 U.S. Open last, and the lanky 24-year-old Russian’s top-notch serve, succesful backhand and willingness to hold in lengthy baseline rallies offered Saturday’s breakthrough.
A 12 months in the past, Medvedev went 0-Three in round-robin play on the ATP Finals, whereas Thiem was the runner-up to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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Whoever wins Sunday on the indoor exhausting courtroom _ the place issues might be quiet as a result of spectators are banned as a result of coronavirus pandemic _ would be the match’s sixth totally different champion over the previous six years, the longest such stretch since 1974-79.
It was the primary time since 2004 that the highest 4 gamers within the rankings stuffed the 4 semifinal slots for the ATP Finals. Djokovic, already assured of ending the 12 months ranked No. 1 for a record-tying sixth time, was making an attempt to match Roger Federer’s mark of six ATP Finals trophies.
Within the second set towards Djokovic, Thiem’s ace put him forward 6-5 within the tiebreaker, one level from victory.
However Djokovic saved that preliminary probability with a 127 mph service winner. Thiem’s subsequent alternative to win got here at 7-6, however he double-faulted.
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“I used to be, like, so tight in my entire physique,” Thiem stated.
The third was at 9-8, when he pushed a down-the-line forehand broad. At 10-9, Djokovic erased No. Four with a forehand that landed proper on a line.
That started a three-point run by Djokovic to steal the set.
However Thiem regrouped and his 300th profession tour-level victory made him solely the second man with at the very least 5 wins every towards the Large Three of Djokovic (5-7 profession mark), Federer (5-2) and Nadal (6-9). Andy Murray is the opposite.
“In case you beat these guys,” Thiem stated, “it provides you an enormous enhance of confidence.”
Observe: Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares clinched the year-end No. 1 staff rating for males’s doubles when the opposite contenders, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, misplaced in Saturday’s semifinals to Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.