The pair have been in imperious form in London, with Medvedev crushing Djokovic in the group stage before producing a stunning fightback against Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals. The Russian’s serve and groundstrokes have been almost faultless throughout the tournament, and he has dropped just one set across four matches.
Thiem, who recently won his first Grand Slam at the US Open, defeated Djokovic in an exhausting semi-final. The Austrian also boasts a victory over Nadal this week and avenged his loss in last year’s final against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Follow all the action live below:
ATP FINALS REMAIN ELUSIVE FOR RAFA
For Rafael Nadal, defeat to Daniil Medvedev meant he will have to wait another year at least to try and add the ATP Finals to his resume.
The season-ending tournament has thus far eluded the 20-time Grand Slam champion, and is the one honour missing in his career.
Andrew Gamble22 November 2020 17:33
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DJOKOVIC ON THIEM
Thiem has remarkably turned up his game in recent months, and is on-track to becoming a household name after winning the US Open and starring in London.
The 27-year old defeated Novak Djokovic in yesterday’s semi-final, despite being down 4-0 in the crucial third set tie-breaker.
Djokovic said: “What he did from 0-4 in the third-set tie-breaker was just unreal. I don’t think I played bad. I made all of my first serves. He just crushed the ball.
“I was in a driver’s position at 4-0. He just took it away from me. But he deserved it, because he just went for it and everything worked.”
The Serb will finish 2020 as world number one despite missing out on a record-equally sixth ATP Finals triumph.
Andrew Gamble22 November 2020 17:24
No-one has managed to beat both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals since 2010.
That changed this year as both Medvedev and Thiem have done it in the same year, and even beaten them together on the same day – in yesterday’s semi-finals.
Andrew Gamble22 November 2020 17:19
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MEDVEDEV VS THIEM
Neither of these two finalists have won the final event of the season before but Thiem starts Sunday’s final as the slight favourite as he won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in September.
If Medvedev wins, it would surely be the biggest victory of his career.
Andrew Gamble22 November 2020 17:09
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MEDVEDEV DEFEATED NADAL IN SEMI FINAL
World number two Rafael Nadal looked set to win as he served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but Russian world number four Daniil Medvedev hit back recovered sensationally to win 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.
Medvedev overcame a first set defeat to win the decider in style, as an exhausted Nadal made a series of errors.
Andrew Gamble22 November 2020 17:00
THIEM DEFEATED DJOKVIC IN SEMI FINAL
Dominic Thiem beat world number one Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5).
The Austrian trusted his powerful strikes and came back from a 4-0 deficit in the crucial third-set tie-break to win an instant classic.
Andrew Gamble22 November 2020 16:57
ATP FINALS 2020: MEDVEDEV FACES THIEM IN FINAL
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the ATP Finals in London as Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem bid to win their maiden season-ending crown.
Andrew Gamble22 November 2020 13:17