Celebrated tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou has paid a rich compliment to newly minted ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev.
‘The Coach’ tweeted his praise for Medvedev after he beat Dominic Thiem and clinched his maiden ATP Finals title.
“Medvedev is definitely: The Cat. Whatever the situation, he always finds a way to fall back on his legs,” Mouratoglou said. The ‘Cat’ analogy sits well with the Russian as he scripted fairytale comebacks twice in two days to lift the coveted trophy in London.
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The Russian was trailing by a set and a break in his last-four clash against Rafael Nadal before the big Russian turned the tables on him. Dishing out scintillating tennis, Medvedev wrested the momentum from the Spaniard and condemned him to his 10th trophy-less finish in London.
Nadal came into the event determined to end his title-drought and had made a good feast of things till the last-four stage. However, the Spaniard eventually succumbed to Medvedev’s tenacity. The Russian, running on tireless limbs and gallons of gumption, won 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
The title clash against the reigning US Open champion presented a déjà vu of sorts. Losing the opening set 4-6, Medvedev got his act together to get back in the game. Although the second set went into a tie-break, the Russian had the better of the exchanges. In the deciding set, the Russian got a crucial break of serve and held his own to win the title 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
The Russian had been on a winning run since the Paris Masters. He was the only player in the ATP Finals draw with a hundred percent record in the group stages. He was flawless in the manner in which he got the better of this year’s US Open finalist Alexander Zverev in the final at Bercy.
However, Medvedev wasn’t the bookmakers’ favorite to play the title clash. In winning his biggest Tour title, the Russian also became the first player in tennis history to beat world numbers 1 (Novak Djokovic), 2 (Nadal) and 3 (Thiem) in a single tournament.