Richmond Times-Dispatch

Medve dev beats T hi em for ATP Finals title

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Nearing defeat, Daniil Medvedev suddenly switched tactics at the ATP Finals and collected the biggest title of his career by beating U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Sunday in London.

The fourth-ranked Medvedev became the first player to beat each of the men who were Nos. 1-3 in the season-ending championsh­ip— and only the fourth to do it at any tour event in the past 30 years.

The comeback against No. 3 Thiem added to victories Medvedev produced against No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the round-robin portion of the tournament and

No. 2 Rafael Nadal in Saturday’s semifinals.

Medvedev went 5-0 in all, quite a turnaround from a year ago, when he went 0-3 at the ATP Finals.

The 24-year-old Russian closed 2020 by going 10-0 in November, including seven wins against members of the Top 10. He had zero victories over top 10 opponents over the preceding 12 months.

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