Medvedev ousts Nadal to set up ATP Finals showdown with Thiem

Djokovic beats Zverev, advances to semifinals at ATP Finals

Djokovic beats Zverev, advances to semifinals at ATP Finals

Dominic Thiem recovered from squandering four match points in a dramatic second-set tie-break to beat Novak Djokovic in three pulsating sets in the last four at the ATP Finals on Saturday.

In the other semifinal, Djokovic saved four match points in the second set and dragged the match into the decider.

Nadal served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but was broken to love before Medvedev secured the crucial break midway through the final set to set up the last final of this event to be staged at the O2 before it moves to Turin after 12 years in England's capital.

A finalist past year, Thiem opened his campaign with a win over defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The US Open champion will face either Rafael Nadal or Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's final as he chases the second-biggest title of his career.

Russia's Daniil Medvedev celebrates during his semi-final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal.

Rating his opponent highly, the big Russian said Thiem, on current form, would prove to be a tough competitor for him in the final.

Thiem was the runner-up at this event last season, but 2020 has already been a year of firsts for the 27-year-old who won the US Open. I got so tight in the second-set tie-break.

Djokovic beats Zverev, advances to semifinals at ATP Finals

"I thought that after my first big title in NY, maybe I'm going to be a little bit calmer, but that was a mistake, I guess".

"I don't think I played bad, I made all my first serves; he just crashed the ball and everything went in. But I guess it wasn't developed because we just did not have the cases like this previously". I'm really looking forward to the match. "He deserved it, he just went for it and everything worked".

Nadal held and then broke Medvedev with some incredible passing shots and that world-famous determination of his which has made him the joint-most successful men's player in history.

Thiem is only the second player in 2020 to win a tie-break against world number one Djokovic, who entered the third-set tie-break with a 15-1 record this season.

"Anyway now we're going to have again a first-time victor, no matter what happens in the second semi-final. Of course I will try everything to win the title", Thiem said.

The set was wrapped up in Nadal's favour at the first time of asking, but Medvedev responded in force and a double-fault from Nadal handed him the next break. Dominic won his first Slam [and he is] playing unbelievable tennis right now. The world No.1 led 4-0 in the deciding tie-break but Thiem won seven of the next eight points to make the title round.

"I don't know what happened. Well done for him and not enough good for me".

It seemed like he had exhausted the wily Russian's box of tricks when he served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but Medvedev, 10 years his junior at 24, stormed back to win 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-3. "I'm feeling confident. I think Rafa is also".

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