US Open winner Dominic Thiem plays Paris Masters 1000 winner Daniil Medvedev in the title round of the 2020 ATP Tour Finals in London. The match is scheduled for Sunday, November 22 and will begin at 6pm local time (1pm Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Dominic Thiem v Daniil Medvedev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Dominic Thiem v Daniil Medvedev Head to Head
This will be the fifth meeting between the two players. Thiem leads the head-to-head 3-1, with their most recent meeting being at the US Open semi-finals this year, which Thiem won in three tight sets.
Austrian Looking To Add Another Big Title To End 2020
The 2019 ATP Tour Finals runner-up Dominic Thiem has had a positive 2020 with the Australian Open runner-up prize and the US Open title being the highlights of his year. Thiem got off to another strong start at the tournament here in London, with back-to-back wins against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal in his first two matches and despite a loss in an inconsequential third group match against Andrey Rublev topped his group and was up against world number one Novak Djokovic in the first semi-final.
In a repeat of their encounter last year, this promised to be another thriller, and so it was. With their recent head-to-head since 2019 tied at 2-2, Thiem came into the match with a lot of belief and confidence which was was evident as he matched Djokovic point for point. The first set was on serve till 5-5, until Thiem upped his level to break the Serb in the 11th game and then served strongly to close the set at 7-5.
The second set followed a similar path, with consistent serving and ground strokes from both players and some thunderous single handed backhands by the Austrian. With no breaks of serve, the set headed into a tie-breaker, with neither player giving an inch and players exchanging set points and match points respectively. Djokovic saved four match points with some top notch defense and finally won the breaker 12-10.
A similar final set followed with nobody giving anything, until Djokovic looked well on his way to a win up 4-0 in the deciding tiebreak. Thiem turned the momentum around with scintillating shot-making and winning six consecutive points before finally winning the match 7-5 in the tiebreak on his sixth match point.
For a second year in a row, Thiem is in the finals of ATP year end championships and betters his record against the Big Three to 10-3 since the beginning of 2019 and looking to add another big trophy to his US Open title from earlier this year, by going one better than last year here in London.
Medvedev’s Hot Run Continues
After a very strong 2019 that saw him reach new heights and promise where he looked to be the leader of the pack among the Next Gen, Daniil Medvedev had a less than impressive 2020 with uninspiring performances at the majors and other lesser tournaments for most of the year, until he turned it around two weeks ago at the Paris Masters 1000 winning the title after not qualifying for any tournament finals all year long.
Medvedev carried his good form over to London this week, being the only unbeaten player in the group stages and not dropping a set against either of Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic, and Diego Schwartzman. With a 0-3 record against Nadal, Medvedev was looking to revert that, but was somewhat haunted by his collapse against Nadal from 5-1 up in the decider at this venue last year.
Medvedev looked to have got off to the better start, but a drop in concentration saw his service broken at 3-4, and Nadal won the first set 6-3. Medvedev looked like running away with the second set up 4-1, but another lapse in his level resulted in Nadal winning four consecutive games and serving for a straight sets win at 5-4 in the second. The Russian broke to love and clinched the set in the tie-break; an uncommon sight given what a good frontrunner Nadal has been all his career.
Both players held serve early in the third, but Medvedev clearly looked on top as he continued to put pressure on the Nadal serve and finally broke twice in succession to clinch the match 6-3 in the third. Medvedev joined Thiem in the unique feat of defeating the top two ranked players this week and set up an exciting final for year-end honors on Sunday.
Thiem v Medvedev Prediction and Tip
A somewhat unexpected final, given the semi-final line up, but very well deserved by the winning semi-finalists. Both players have defeated both Nadal & Djokovic this week, which is a rare yet excellent feat. The final weekend of the 2020 season has depicted a true changing of the guards. Not much to choose between either players based on skill and form going into Sunday’s final however.
Expect a close encounter to end the year, with the US Open winner Dominic Thiem prevailing in a decider.
Tip: Thiem to win in three sets: 15/4 (bet365)