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Tsitsipas battles past Medvedev at ATP Finals

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Filed on November 12, 2019
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas celkebrates winning against Russia's Daniil Medvedev (AFP)

The Greek 21-year-old came into the match at London's O2 Arena with a 5-0 losing record against his Russian opponent weighing on him

Stefanos Tsitsipas broke his hoodoo against Daniil Medvedev on Monday as Rafael Nadal prepared to launch his bid for a first ATP Finals title with questions over his fitness.

The Greek 21-year-old came into the match at London's O2 Arena with a 5-0 losing record against his Russian opponent weighing on him.

But he edged a tight first set, winning the tie-break, and a single break late in the second set proved decisive in a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory.

There was little to choose between the players in a match dominated by serve but Medvedev fatally chose to leave a ball in the ninth game of the second set that landed in, handing Tsitsipas a break point which he seized, going on to wrap up victory.

The pair have a spiky relationship.

Tensions flared between them at the 2018 Miami Open and Tsitsipas recently labelled Medvedev's way of winning as "boring" after defeat against the Russian in Shanghai.

World number four Medvedev is looking to add lustre to an impressive breakout year by winning the glitzy end-of-season event in London.

The 23-year-old Russian has emerged as the leader of the pack of young tyros preparing to unseat the old guard of Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Four of the eight competitors at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena are under 24 for the first time in 10 years.

 


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