Daniil Medvedev won the London End-of-Year Masters, November 22, 2020. -
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The man in the form of this end of the season, undoubtedly.
Daniil Medvedev, winner at Bercy two weeks ago, won the London end-of-year Masters on Sunday, dominating Dominic Thiem in the final (4-6, 7-6 , 6-4).
The Russian, world number 4, has done very well this week.
He offered Novak Djokovic (number 1) in the pool, Rafael Nadal (number 2) in the semi-final and therefore Dominic Thiem (number 3) in the final.
Zverev and Schwartzmann also gave in under his blows.
"It can help me for my future"
By the way, he has also, in a way, come full circle in London.
His compatriot Nikolai Davydenko won the first edition of the tournament in the English capital in 2009, he won the last.
He also paid tribute to his illustrious predecessor on the court, after his victory.
" What a game !
This is one of my greatest victories, ”he said,“ and thanks to Nikolai (Davydenko) for being an inspiration to so many Russian children like me ”.
This final will remain as the longest in history since it was played in the best of three sets (2h42), and one of the tightest, Medvedev having scored 115 points in total, against 112 for Thiem.
“My level of play here and especially the last two games were just amazing.
It can help me for my future, reacted the Russian.
Beating Dominic (Thiem) with his level of play today is my best victory, not to mention the title at the end.
. @ DaniilMedwed against top 10 players ...
🗓️ February 2017 - October 2020
▫️ 9 wins, 19 losses
🗓️ November 2020
▫️ 7 wins, 0 losses
➡️100% wins pic.twitter.com/ 5IVY3WOhps
- Game, Set and Math (@JeuSetMaths) November 22, 2020
Thiem, who won the first set, will long regret the break points left on the way in the 5th and 7th games of the second set and the easy points lost.
From the decisive play of the second set, the soul of the match changed and if the Austrian defended three more break points to 1-1, after being led 0-40 on his entry, he conceded three more. on the next one and this time had to drop to one knee.
A handsome player, he recognized his opponent's superiority in this match and the tournament as a whole.
“He was definitely the best player.
Daniil deserves it, it was an incredible game and I hope we will have many other big games in the future, ”said the Austrian.
Thus ends for the men this bizarre season 2020. The next one, with outsiders who take more and more thickness, Djokovic and Nadal still in the place and Federer who will return, already promises to be great.
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