Daniil Medvedev is the king of tennis until someone proves otherwise, because his 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over the world No 3 and US Open champion Dominic Thiem to lift the ATP Tour Finals trophy left the game’s best players, young and old, in a heap at his feet.
The 24-year-old Russian did what nobody has done here since Roger Federer 10 years ago: defeated Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal on the way to victory – and what nobody has done since David Nalbandian in 2007, by sweeping away the top three players in the world. He is also the sixth winner in six years. Change has arrived.
Medvedev reached the final with the best statistics in every department of the game except aces, where Thiem bettered him 37-31. When they got down to it, head to head, numbers were rendered irrelevant.
“What a match,” said Medvedev. “One of my best victories, two hours and 42 minutes, three sets against an amazing player.
“Dominic, congratulations already for what you achieved in your career. Your name is already in the history of tennis books.
“It is amazing. You won a Grand Slam this year. You are playing unbelievable. I hope we are going to have many more matches to come on the big occasions like this.”