Daniel Medvedev reached the final of the ATP Finals on Saturday for the first time in his career. The Russian number four in the world was also strong in the semi-final battle for Rafael Nadal.
After a long game of over 2.5 hours, the scoreboard was 3-6, 7-6 (4) and 6-3 at the O2 Arena in London. Medvedev hit his first match point in the ninth game of the deciding set.
The 24-year-old Russian is second only to the prestigious end-of-year tournament. Last year, he played a supporting role, not exceeding the group stage.
Nadal could make it to the final of the ATP Finals for the third time, a tournament he never won. In the final battle of 2010, Spanard lost to Roger Federer and three years later Novak Djokovic was very strong in the finals of the prestigious end-of-year tournament.
Earlier in the day, Dominic Thiem reached the final after defeating world number one Djokovic. The Austrian was very strong in a fascinating fight with 7-5, 6-7 (10) and 7-6 (5).
Medvedev could register his second major tournament win of the year in London. He was first in the Masters tournament in Paris. In addition, he may take revenge on Thiem, who stalled his way to the final of the US Open earlier this year.
Rafael Nadal is disappointed after the defeat against Daniel Medvedev. (Photo: pro shots)