ATP Finals 2019: Stefanos Tsitsipas begins campaign by claiming first-ever victory over Daniil Medvedev

Tsitsipas — the first Greek player to qualify for the ATP Finals — used an aggressive forehand to keep the Russian from dictating the match, coming to the net 26 times and winning 22 of those points

The Associated Press November 11, 2019 22:58:48 IST
ATP Finals 2019: Stefanos Tsitsipas begins campaign by claiming first-ever victory over Daniil Medvedev
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas finally found a way to win against Daniil Medvedev, beating the Russian 7-6 (5), 6-4 Monday in their opening match at the ATP Finals

  • The fourth-seeded Medvedev entered the match with a 5-0 record against Tsitsipas but couldn't earn a single breakpoint on the indoor hard court at the O2 Arena

  • Tsitispas — the first Greek player to qualify for the ATP Finals — used an aggressive forehand to keep the Russian from dictating the match, coming to the net 26 times and winning 22 of those points

London: Stefanos Tsitsipas finally found a way to win against Daniil Medvedev, beating the Russian 7-6 (5), 6-4 Monday in their opening match at the ATP Finals.

ATP Finals 2019 Stefanos Tsitsipas begins campaign by claiming firstever victory over Daniil Medvedev

Stefanos Tsitsipas in action against Daniil Medvedev. AP

The fourth-seeded Medvedev entered the match with a 5-0 record against Tsitsipas but couldn't earn a single breakpoint on the indoor hard court at the O2 Arena.

Instead, the sixth-ranked Tsitsipas converted the only break of the match to take a 5-4 lead in the second set and then clinched the victory with an overhead forehand at the net.

Both players are making their debut at the year-end tournament for the world's top eight players, which features a round-robin stage before the semi-finals. Medvedev established himself as one of the best hard-court players on tour this season, reaching the US Open final and winning four titles on the surface.

But Tsitsipas — the first Greek player to qualify for the ATP Finals — used an aggressive forehand to keep the Russian from dictating the match, coming to the net 26 times and winning 22 of those points.

In the first-set tiebreaker, Tsitsipas hit a forehand volley winner to go ahead 6-5 and then clinched the set when Medvedev netted a forehand.

In the other group, Novak Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini on Sunday while Roger Federer lost to Dominic Thiem.

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