Daniil Medvedev barged to the head of the queue of young pretenders as the Russian captured the biggest title of his career by beating Dominic Thiem 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4 in an absorbing climax to London`s last ATP Finals on Sunday.
Medvedev, the long-limbed world No. 4 from Russia, had lost his first three meetings with the 20-time Grand Slam champion and looked on course for a fourth with Nadal serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set. But the 24-year-old, who failed to beat Nadal from 5-1 up in the deciding set here last year, broke to love and completed a glorious fightback, winning 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 in two hours and 36 minutes.
The result brought an end to one of the longest current streaks in tennis, with Nadal losing a match after winning the first set for the first time since February 2019. He had won all 71 matches from that position since a loss to Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco.
He defeated second seed Novak Djokovic in the group stage and second seed Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Thiem defeated Nadal in the group stage and Djokovic in the semifinals.
The last ATP Finals was held in London. The tournament will be held in Turin, Italy from next year.