Daniil Medvedev wins the Nitto ATP final for the third time in a row
Daniil Medvedev recorded 6-0, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (8) win over Jannik Sinner in ATP Finals | Photo credit: AP
Turin, Russia’s world number 2 Daniil Medvedev maintained his ATP Nitto final record with a third straight win in the “red group” – a 6-0, 6-7 (5) victory, 7-6 (8) on home favorite Jannik Sinner – as he aims to defend the elite end-of-year title he won in London last year.
The world number 2, who advanced to the semi-finals on November 16 by beating Germany’s Alexander Zverev, saved two match points as he edged out the home favorite in front of a crowded Pala Alpitour here.
“It was difficult,” Medvedev said during his on-pitch interview Thursday night. “Mentally it was hard to know the match was dead. But I didn’t want to lose my rhythm. I won the first set quite easily and I was like, let’s keep it up. The second set lasted about an hour. hour and then that’s the third set. But you’re not going to not play the third set because I like to win, I don’t like to lose. I’m happy that I won, “Medvedev told atptour. com.
Medvedev has now won his last eight matches in the season finale, having beaten Austria’s Dominic Thiem to lift the trophy at the event in London last year.
In an entertaining game, the Russian struck with consistent depth against Sinner as he used his flat groundstrokes to pin the Italian back. Medvedev recovered from a breakdown in the third set and saved 5/6 and 7/8 match points in the third set tie-break to extend his head-to-head series lead to 3. ‘ATP against the 20-year-old. -0.
Medvedev, who beat Hubert Hurkacz in his first round robin match, will face Norway’s Casper Ruud or Russian Andrey Rublev in the semi-finals. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has already won the “Green Group” and will face Zverev in the last four.
“When I know I’m in the next round and I’m waiting for my opponent, I watch the game to see how he plays,” added Medvedev. “So I’m just going to watch it, enjoy it and wait for the winner.”
Earlier this season, Medvedev won his fourth ATP Masters 1000 trophy in Toronto, before ending Djokovic’s Grand Slam hopes by beating the Serbian in the US Open final to win his first major title. The Russian is now 57-12 on the year.