‘Extraordinary week': Magic Medvedev downs Nadal to set up chance of history in ATP Finals title showdown with Thiem
Added 11-22-20 03:37:02am EST - “Russia's Danill Medvedev earned a first-ever win over Rafael Nadal to knock the Spaniard out of the ATP Finals in London and set up a title decider against Austrian ace Dominic Thiem.” - Rt.com
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Medvedev overpowered Nadal in a epic match at the O2 Arena, brilliantly battling back from a set down to run out a 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 winner.
World number two Nadal had served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but Medvedev found a way back to force a tie-break before pressing on to victory in the third set.
First win over Nadal, first final in London [email protected] completes an incredible 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 comeback!#NittoATPFinalspic.twitter.com/GgT5wPLAeL
The win for the 24-year-old Russian, ranked fourth in the world, continued a remarkable week for him in London in which he had already won three out of three in the group stage of the tournament, including a victory against world number one Novak Djokovic.
In beating Nadal, Medvedev went some way to avenging his loss to the Spanish icon in the 2019 US Open final, where the pair played out a five-set epic.
Thiem and Medvedev both beat Nadal and Djokovic in the same event (that happening once is incredibly rare, twice is like a unicorn). Extraordinary week from both guys and fully deserving finalists.— Matthew Willis (@MattRacquet) November 21, 2020
On Sunday Medvedev will try to become the first player ever to win the Atp Nitto Finals defeating theWorld #1 (Djokovic)World #2 (Nadal)World #3 (Thiem)en route to the title.— enrico maria riva (@enricomariariva) November 21, 2020
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