LONDON: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were both sent off from the NATO ATP finals as Dominic Theme and Daniel Medvedev made impressive returns for decisive action.
A look at the list of Grand Slam winners will show that the old guards are still the right guides for the pack, but they are now more biting than the vandalism on their heels, especially from Theme and Medvedev.
Both topped their respective groups after stunning victories over Nadal and Djokovic, respectively, and here they showed impressive flexibility to turn the table on top of the world.
Djokovic looked like he was about to make a miraculous comeback when he saved four match points in the second set tiebreak against Theme, just 0-4 in the US Open champion’s decisive tiebreak. OK, won by 7. -5 6-7 (10) 7-6 (5) Victory.
Surprisingly, it was a virtual replay 12 months ago, when Djokovic defeated Theme 4-1 in a decisive tie-break during a round-robin match.
Medvedev has been the most impressive player this week as he did not drop the set until Saturday, when he stared at the exit door on a seat and walked 5-5 towards Nadal.
Second-placed World No. 2 fought back 4-1 and had the upper hand mentally but Medvedev played a great comeback game to break the love and then extend his fortunes in a tiebreak. ۔
The Russians – who beat Nabal 5-1 12 months ago and did not win a single match for the first time – then ruthlessly beat their opponents when they failed to close out a game 3-3. Took advantage of the extraordinary lack of. And did not look back.
Nadal, who is still searching for his first ATP final title, said of the 4-4 game: “He played some good points and I made some mistakes. Then he played a great tiebreak. ۔
“I should win my services in the third, which I lost. I had an easy one to close the game. The small details make a big difference. Just did a good job for it and not enough for me.” “
Djokovic won four straight titles in London from 2012 to 2015, but his efforts to equal Roger Federer’s record of six wins have yielded no results.
Not losing a full match until last month’s French Open final, meanwhile, Djokovic’s season has ended with four defeats in eight matches.
He praised the theme: “What they did 0-4 in the third set tiebreaker was just unreal. I don’t think I played badly. I did my first service. He just bowled the ball. Crushed
Theme lost to Stefanos Tsipas in the epic final 12 months ago and now has a chance to have a great year in which he won a deserving first Grand Slam title and reached the final of the Australian Open.
The win saw Them become only the second player since Andy Murray to beat Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer at least five times, and have won ODIs against all three since the start of last season.
Before he won in New York, the 27-year-old was clearly the closest challenge to the trio, but he laughed and said there was one more big thing, and he replaced Murray. ۔
Following a nine-match winning streak at the Paris Masters earlier this month, Medvedev has the chance to become the first player to beat the world’s top three in the ATP finals.