Medvedev beats Thiem to lift Masters Cup

LONDON (AP) – On the brink of defeat, Daniil Medvedev suddenly changed strategy at the ATP Masters Cup and grabbed the biggest title of his career by beating Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6 ( 2), 6-4.

The fourth in the world rankings became the first player to beat each of the top three in the ranks at the end-of-season tournament – and only the fourth to do so at a circuit competition in the past 30 years.

The comeback against the champion of the United States Open and third in the ranking took 2 and a half hours. The 24-year-old Russian had also beaten world number one Novak Djokovic in the group stage and number two Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

The indoor tournament was played without an audience, as their presence was prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Medvedev had a perfect campaign at Arena 02 in London. They won all five of their games, after going 0-3 in last year’s edition.

The appointment leaves the British capital after 12 years and will move to Turin, Italy, next year.

In the doubles final, Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic won their first title as a duo. They won the last five points of the decisive tiebreaker to beat Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 3-6, 10-5.