‘It was the toughest victory of my life,’ says Daniil Medvedev after Dominic Thiem triumph

Daniil Medvedev says his win over Dominic Thiem at the ATP Finals was the ‘toughest’ of his career, but also perhaps the most satisfying. 

Medvedev won all five of his matches at the O2, including wins over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but it was Thiem who he felt tested him the most.

“It was the toughest victory in my life because Dominic is a really tough player to play,” said Medvedev.

“I think today he was at his best… That’s what I felt during the match. He was really close to winning it [in the] second set. I managed to stay there.

“I felt in the third set that I was really tired physically, for sure, but I felt like he started to miss some balls, he started to run a little bit slower because he was tired.

“To make Dominic tired in a three-set match, not a five-set, I think is a great achievement.

“All these small things, Dominic is playing as [of] today [as] one of the best players in the history [of the sport], not yet maybe by the titles and Grand Slams, but as I say, playing [with the form of] today.”

Only three other players since 1996 have beaten all of the top three players in the world at the same tournament, and Medvedev is more than happy to join that exclusive list.

”It is amazing [to beat the Top 3 here],” Medvedev said. “In the group I beat Novak, then Rafa in the semi-finals and Dominic in the final, [the] best players in the world… [It] means a lot.

“[It] shows what I’m capable of when I’m playing good, when I’m feeling good mentally, physically. I know what I’m capable of.

“I just need to produce it more and more and hopefully more matches like this.”

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