ATP Tour tennis finals recap

Conor McKeever

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: General view inside the arena during the singles match between Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during Day Two of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The O2 stadium in London hosted the ATP Tour tennis finals for the very last time from November 15th to  22nd after 12 years of packed stadiums of excited tennis fans from all across the world.

The year-end tournament that will move to Turin, Italy for a 5-year term sees the top 8 male singles players and doubles pairings in the world battle it out for the end of the year crown.

“We believe that Turin has all the ingredients to take the event to new heights,” said the ATP’s executive chairman Chris Kermode.

Daniil Medvedev went five matches in a row unbeaten to become the 2020 Nitto ATP Tour finals singles winner. Medvedev has become the fifth consecutive first-time winner of the finals joining a long list of legends such as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Medvedev had a remarkable win over the 20 time grand slam champion, Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, beating him in a tough 3 set battle. He also saw off last year’s runner up and world number 1, Novak Djokovic in a comfortable straight-sets victory, 6-3 6-3 in the group stages of the competition.

The 24-year old Russian will go home with a whopping $1,564,000 after beating his close friend and tennis rival, Dominic Theim in the final.

Tennis fans from across the globe drew attention to Medvedev’s lack of celebration after becoming the champion for the last time in London. He has been dubbed as cocky and not a good role model for aspiring younger tennis players hoping to break onto the professional tennis circuit.

“I do not celebrate my victories. That is my thing and I like it,” Medvedev said.

On the doubles side of the competition, Croatian tennis player, Nikola Mektić teamed up with Dutch doubles mastermind, Wesley Koolhof to win the doubles title.

The doubles pairing clutched the win in the finals, winning 10-5 in a third set championship tiebreak against the very capable pairing of Jürgen Melzer and Édouard Roger-Vasselin.

With the relocation of the tournament after a 12-year stint, players on the ATP tour as well as millions of tennis fans, are hopeful that new memories will be made in the coming 5 years in Italy.

Conor McKeever

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