Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will reignite their heated rivalry in the opening singles match on Monday of the Nitto ATP Finals in London. The pair have had an ongoing feud that once again reared it’s head after the Russian extended his lead in the head to head with Tsitsipas to 5-0 in Shanghai. “I don’t mean to be rude at all, actually, at all, but it’s just boring, it’s boring. So he has a huge serve, and if you manage to get it back, it’s just countless balls inside the court.” Tsitsipas said after their meeting there. It’s a strategy that has worked wonders for the Russian, who has surprising endurance for a player of his height.
The Greek has had an impressive 2019, getting as high as No.5 in the rankings. However, he may be a little disappointed with the second half of his season after promising so much in the first. He suffered first round losses in the last two slams of the year but the Asian swing saw a return to form with a final and semi final in Beijing and Shanghai respectively. He suffered losses to Federer and Djokovic during the indoor swing but should be happy with the last two months of his season. “I am very proud of myself to have put in a lot of effort and work to get here,” said Tsitsipas. “It’s a great transition from the Next Gen ATP Finals to here, both great events. It’s great being part of such a prestigious event with a long history in our sport. It’s a very important tournament, which everyone is dreaming of playing and being a part of one day. It’s also a good tournament to end the year with.”
Medvedev won the aforementioned Shanghai to earn the second of two post-US Open titles. It was part of a lengthy run of finals that ended eventually in Paris, with a surprising opening loss to Jeremy Chardy. It is unlikely to concern Medvedev, who now looks the most likely player to win his first slam if the past 6 months are anything to go by. The Russian hopes to become the second from his country to win this tournament after Nikolay Davydenko and looks well placed to challenge the big 3. “I’m still confident about my game,” Medvedev said. “This time I lost, but I know that if I manage to be in great shape on Monday – that’s what we’re trying to do now with my team – I have chances to win if I play good, and that’s what I’m going to try to do.”
Prediction – Daniil Medvedev in straight sets