ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Daniil Medvedev in London opener


Tsitsipas and Medvedev are two of four singles players aged 24 at the event
2019 Nitto ATP Finals
Venue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 10-17 November
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Sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas won his opening match at the ATP Finals by edging out fourth seed and fellow debutant Daniil Medvedev in London.

The Greek 21-year-old beat the Russian 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 at the O2 Arena.

There was just one break of serve in the match with Tsitsipas, the youngest player in the tournament, earning his first win over Medvedev.

World number one Rafael Nadal plays defending champion Alexander Zverev later on Monday in the same group.

Novak Djokovic, who can overtake Nadal at the top of the world rankings this week, leads the other group after winning on Sunday as the top eight players of the year compete in the season-ending event.

The top two players in each group after the round-robin stage progress to the semi-finals on Saturday.

Debutant Tsitsipas holds his nerve

Tsitsipas and Medvedev are two of four singles players aged 24 or under at this year’s championships although familiar names Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer are the top three seeds.

Tsitsipas, who beat Federer en route to the semi-finals of this year’s Australian Open, won the Next Gen event a year ago – the season-ending tournament for players aged 21 or under.

He had lost all five of his previous matches against Medvedev but was rewarded for being the more aggressive of the two players as he looked to take the initiative and move to the net regularly.

There were no breaks in the first set but Tsitsipas played better in the tie-break, earning the crucial mini-break to move 6-5 ahead by winning a gruelling point at the net with a volley.

The second set was similarly tight but Tsitsipas remained immaculate on serve – he did not face a break point in the match – and eventually broke serve to go 5-4 in front, helped by the Russian choosing not to volley a return at 30-30 that landed in.

Tsitsipas served out the match in the following game, and celebrated enthusiastically after the final point as he moved top of the early group table.


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