ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal’s dream of winning his first title in London came to an end after losing to Daniil Medvedev while Dominic Thiem reeled off 7 of the match’s last 8 points against Novak Djokovic to advance into the final.
- Daniil Medvedev beat Rafael Nadal 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the 2nd semi-final
- Dominic Thiem battled past the world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (5)
- ATP Finals in London will witness a first-time winner for the fifth consecutive year
The ATP Finals in London won’t get a Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic final as both stalwarts crashed out in the semifinals on Saturday after losing against Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem, respectively, at the O2 Arena.
Thiem battled past the world number one Djokovic in a three-set thriller to win 7-5, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (5) while Medvedev made a stunning comeback after losing the first set to beat Nadal 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 and end the Spaniard’s dream of clinching his maiden title in this tournament.
“It’s great that we managed to beat two of the biggest players in the history of the sport. It’s super for tennis,” Medvedev said after beating Nadal for the first time in four meetings.
“At 5-4 in the second set I decided to change some small things and start going for things a little more. I had to change and it worked really well,” said Medvedev, who was 100% in group play, including a win over Djokovic.
Thiem meanwhile, frittered away 4 match points in his semifinal against Djokovic because he was “tight and nervous” during a second-set tiebreaker. Thiem gathered himself, though, and eventually reeled off seven of the match’s last eight points after trailing 4-0 in the last tiebreaker to clinch victory in a match which lasted over 3 hours.
“From 0-4 in the third-set tiebreak I went for every single shot and every single shot went in. It was amazing,” Thiem said.
“What he did from 0-4 in the tiebreak was unreal. He just crashed the ball and everything went in. What can you do?,” Djokovic, who won the title in London from 2012-15, told reporters.
Whatever happens on Sunday it will mean a fifth consecutive first-time winner of the tournament, which is being played in London for the final time this year.