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Daniil Medvedev made an impressive comeback to defeat Rafael Nadal for the first time and to make a decision against Dominic Thiem for the Nitto ATP final

A look at the list of Grand Slam winners shows that the old guard are still the rightful leaders of the pack, but the crack on their heels has more bite now, especially from Thiem and Medvedev

After Mediem recovered from 4-0 in a decisive tie against Djokovic in the first semi-final, Medvedev fought back from a set and beat Nadal 3: 6: 7: 6 (6: 6) 4) 6-3

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That kept his record of not losing a game this week and, along with his win at the Paris Masters earlier this month, is now in a nine-game winning streak

Nadal, whose quest to find the biggest title he has not yet claimed, has won all of his three previous clashes with Medvedev, but the last two had been exceptionally close

Medvedev fought back after two sets in his first Grand Slam final at the US Open last year and lost in five games In London last year he led 5-1 in the decisive set of a round robin game choke in his own words

The Russian had been so impressive this week, especially with a convincing win against Djokovic, that most experts made him a favorite and Nadal had to save three breakpoints in the third game

But the Spaniard was very optimistic about his own level, even after losing to Thiem, and when Medvedev failed to serve at 4: 3, Nadal fell

The world number two had won 71 games in a row in which he had won the opening set, so the size of Medvedev’s task was clear

However, at the beginning of the second set he received a helping hand when Nadal made a double mistake at the breakpoint in the second game and the second seed had to save another breakpoint to avoid a 5-1 deficit

That seemed to be the crucial moment when Nadal played a brilliant second leg to get back to serve and the doubts that Medvedev now brought to mind that four games in a row managed to get to the brink of victory

But the Russian, who didn’t win a match at The O2 on his debut last year, wasn’t done yet and played a perfect second leg to love Nadal as he served for the match

Medvedev opened a 6-3 lead in the tie-breaker, partly due to an outrageous shaft snaking over Nadal, and this time the Spaniard couldn’t find a way back

Nadal had quickly regained the initiative after losing the second set to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Thursday, but here he had to fend off another breakpoint at the beginning of the decision

Unusually it was a lack of recklessness on the part of the Spaniard that cost him as he did not take several risks to keep the serve at 3: 3 Medvedev seized his opportunity and did not let go

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