It looked like one-way traffic for Thiem until the summer of 2019 where Medvedev made his outstanding run in the US hard-court swing leading up to the final of the US Open. With this their second meeting on an indoor hard court, Thiem makes the first strike.
Medvedev and Thiem played each other in the juniors, but Thiem has had the more illustrious career so far, culminating with winning his maiden Slam this year. Medvedev has had more success at the Masters 1000 level and since a breakthrough year last year has more than proved his credentials at the top of the rankings.
Year to Date/Career W/L Record
All surfaces W/L
25-8 / 300-156
27-10 / 158-86
5-2 / 54-37
13-4 / 53-25
Medvedev has been a little more prolific indoors this year, and came into the tournament off the back of a third Masters title in Paris.
Match Stats 2020
Thiem leads the way in rounding out his tie-breaks whereas for Medvedev it could go either way, but the Russian just has the edge if he forces a match into a decider.
Statistically, Medvedev has been the better player statistically as the come into the final.
What they had to say
Thiem has the benefit of experience of being in this position as well as the last five years in the last-eight line-up.
“After I fought so hard to get to the final in the group stage and as well now today. Of course, I will try everything to win the title. Anyway, now we’re going to have again a first-time winner, no matter what happens in the second semi-final. Both of them will fight 100 per cent today and as well tomorrow, but I’m looking forward a lot.
“It’s going to be the last match of a very special, of a very tough year for everybody, I guess. We’re going to try to put [on] a great show for everybody that is watching.”
Medvedev found himself in big company last year, and had a humbling debut, so it feels like now we are seeing his true potential.
“It’s great that we managed, to beat two most biggest players in the history of sport. So, I think it’s super for tennis. We are starting to get to take our marks. Dominic won his first slam, playing unbelievable tennis right now. Not gonna be easy. Hopefully I can play good like this. I for sure can cause him some troubles.”
Although we have had players that are not the Big Three+ in the finals before, including last year, this is beginning to feel like it is a changing of the guard.
The Nitto ATP Finals singles title match takes place not before 6pm (GMT).
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