GAME, SET AND MATCH! – MEDVEDEV 6-3 6-4 ZVEREV

Medvedev stays focused to serve out the match to love and claim a first ever victory at the end of season tournament at the fourth time of asking. He was the more consistent throughout and deservedly took the spoils in one hour and 29 minutes.

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Daniil Medvedev of Russia plays a forehand during his singles match against Alexander Zverev of Germany during day two of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 16, 2020 in London, England

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MEDVEDEV 6-3 5-4 ZVEREV

The 2018 champion insists that his opponent serve out the victory. He holds from deuce. Over to you DM.

MEDVEDEV 6-3 5-3 ZVEREV

Cheeky? Gutsy? Medvedev chucks in an underarm serve at 30-30 and ends up coming through to consolidate. No one was expecting that surprise tactic. He’s one away from a first ever win at the tournament.

BREAK! – MEDVEDEV 6-3 4-3 ZVEREV

The Russian makes his move! Zverev saves one of two break points, but can’t reach the sanctuary of deuce as he finally slaps an angled forehand into the net following yet another energy-sapping rally.

MEDVEDEV 6-3 3-3 ZVEREV

Medvedev crunches a forehand winner off a short return and shouts his own ‘Come on!’ Both players seem keen to let each other know when they’ve got a big point. That came at 30-30 and Daniil duly claimed the hold from there. Tight and cagey at this juncture.

MEDVEDEV 6-3 2-3 ZVEREV

Sascha rallies from 15-30 down and has to hang tough from deuce, but a clinical overhead ensures he stays in front. Lots of fist pumping and shouts of encouragement from the world number seven. He's desperate to lift his level here.

MEDVEDEV 6-3 2-2 ZVEREV

The world number four nails a fourth ace and takes command of most of the exchanges once again as he comfortably levels matters.

MEDVEDEV 6-3 1-2 ZVEREV

‘Come on!’ That’s the roar from Zverev as he storms back from 0-30 to maintain the early scoreboard advantage in Set 2. He’s still of the belief that there’s plenty left in this match for him.

MEDVEDEV 6-3 1-1 ZVEREV

So much for the war of attrition. Medvedev surges to a love hold to level within an instant.

MEDVEDEV 6-3 0-1 ZVEREV

That’s two fine holds in a row for Sascha and bodes well for the remainder of this match if that means he’s managed to get some rhythm going. The German gets Set 2 off to the kind of start he’d have been hoping for after a poor opener from his point of view.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Daniil Medvedev of Russia plays a forehand during his singles match against Alexander Zverev of Germany during day two of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 16, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Cli

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MEDVEDEV 6-3 ZVEREV

Medvedev follows suit, showing no nerves as he powers through a love hold. He secures the set with a delightful ace after a lung-bursting 52 minute battle from the baseline.

MEDVEDEV 5-3 ZVEREV

Serve-out question? Posed. For once Zverev comes through a hold with little fuss. He takes it to 15 and it’s over to Daniil to try and finish off Set 1 now.

MEDVEDEV 5-2 ZVEREV.

Daniil continues to have the edge. He keeps doing it the hard way, but he’s certainly been the better player so far this evening. He rallies from 0-30, finishing off a game-winning four-point run with a bewitching forehand up the line.

BREAK! – MEDVEDEV 4-2 ZVEREV

It’s quite a surprise to see two huge servers struggling to chalk up any sort of easy hold on an indoor hard court. Once again the world number four applies some heat via three break points. Zverev looks increasingly distracted by the shot-making of his opponent. The German eventually gives the Russian a helping hand, firing down a pair of double faults to drop serve once more.

MEDVEDEV 3-2 ZVEREV

Just when you thought one of these chaps was set for a routine hold. Medvedev comes under pressure from 40-15 up and is made to dig in from deuce. Zverev loops a forehand just long with Medvedev stranded on the right of his court. He knows it was a big chance and looks a tad frustrated as he fizzes long on the next point. Daniil nudges the board. Quite an epic unfolding here. Only five games played but already over half an hour of play.

MEDVEDEV 2-1 ZVEREV.

If at first you don’t succeed…. Medvedev and Zverev are charging around those baselines and it’s a real mix of the sublime and the, er, not so sublime. Medvedev poses all of the questions but some sloppy play means he has to stave off FIVE break points before finally earning his sit down at the change of ends from deuce.

BREAK! – MEDVEDEV 1-1 ZVEREV.

It’s jekyll and hyde from Zverev. He splutters and stalls from the baseline, coughing up double faults galore before hooking long to gift wrap an immediate break back.

BREAK! – MEDVEDEV 0-1 ZVEREV

That’s a super start from the German. Medvedev feels some heat but looks in control when he drills straight at Zverev at the net. Sascha responds with some wonderful court coverage to lure a break point when Daniil fizzes just long. The Russian then chooses the worst possible moment to cough up a first double fault – and with it the game.

Coin toss

Zverev wins it and chooses to receive once the obligatory warm up concludes.

Views from the baseline

Zverev on the lack of fans at this year's tournament: “It’s going to be difficult, it’s going to be different, but I’m still looking forward to playing in this beautiful stadium for the last time at the Nitto ATP Finals. It’s still going to be special.”

Medvedev: “I have confidence in myself so I think it will help me here in London. In Paris, everything went together. I played really good tennis, it was tough to miss and that’s why I’m in my best shape and that’s when it’s tough to beat me.”

Head-to-head

Zverev leads the match up 5-2 but Medvedev has won two of the last three. He triumphed in their most recent showdown in the Paris Masters final by a 5-7 6-4 6-1 scoreline earlier this month. Zverev edges it 2-1 on encounters on indoor hard.

President of French Tennis Federation FFT Bernard Giudicelli, winner Daniil Medvedev of Russia, finalist Alexander Zverev of Germany, Director of the Rolex Paris Masters Guy Forget during the trophy ceremony following the men's final

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All set for Medvedev v Zverev

It’s almost time for some more tennis in the men’s singles. World number seven and 2018 champion, Zverev continues his intriguing rivalry with world number four, Daniil Medvedev. The players will be on court from 20:00 GMT.

Alexander Zverev vs. Daniil Medvedev

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GAME, SET AND MATCH! – DJOKOVIC 6-3 6-2 SCHWARTZMAN.

The world number one and five-time champion kicks off his bid for another title in this event with a thumping straight sets win. He serves out to 30 on a third match point to claim the victory in just one hour and 18 minutes. Schwartzman started brightly on his debut at this tournament, but faded badly as Djokovic moved through a few gears.

Novak Djokovic - Masters London 2020

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DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-2 SCHWARTZMAN

Some respite for Diego as he avoids the breadstick. Djoker will now serve for a match he has pretty much run away with.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-1 SCHWARTZMAN

The five-time champion consolidates with a routine hold to 15. He’s one game away from victory.

BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 6-3 4-1 SCHWARTZMAN

It’s all over bar the shouting as Schwartzman hooks a wild forehand wide to cough up the double break. Diego’s game has been picked apart since the later stages of the opening set as Djokovic has moved up a gear.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 3-1 SCHWARTZMAN

Nole maintains his advantage, once again outlasting Diego in a quick-fire exchange of backhands. He also survives another shambles of a dropshot.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand during his singles match against Diego Schwartzman

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DJOKOVIC 6-3 2-1 SCHWARTZMAN

El Peque stops the rot and gets on the board in Set 2. A wrong-footing forehand winner and a maiden ace of the contest add the finishing touches to a hold to 15.

DJOKOVIC 6-3 2-0 SCHWARTZMAN

The Serbinator backs up the break with a thumping love hold. Schwartzman looks a bit resigned to an expected defeat.

BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 6-3 1-0 SCHWARTZMAN

It’s not looking too good for Schwartzman right now. Djokovic eats away at a 30-0 lead and snares another break point from deuce before finishing it off with a crisp overhead.

SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 SCHWARTZMAN

The world number one and five-time champion recovers from an early blip to serve out the opener to 30 in 42 minutes.

BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 5-3 SCHWARTZMAN

El peque gives himself too much to do when he battles back from 0-30, but is pegged to deuce. Nole is unlucky on a first break point when his pass clips the net and bounces out, but then hangs tough on his second opportunity before lashing a forehand winner to Schwartzman’s right flank.

DJOKOVIC 4-3 SCHWARTZMAN

The world number one puts himself in a sticky situation at 15-30 with one of those strange drop shots he loves to try and throw in. He responds in fine fashion, angling a cushioned volley at the net before a sharp forehand up the line nudges the board in his favour. There have been some lovely exchanges form the baseline in this mach, but you feel Novak hasn't really got going yet.

DJOKOVIC 3-3 SCHWARTZMAN

Nole ups the ante as he outlasts Diego to make 30-30, but the Argentine responds with a brutal forehand winner down the line before a beastly serve gets him out of dodge.

Novak Djokovic in action against Diego Schwartzman

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DJOKOVIC 3-2 SCHWARTZMAN

No danger of a third straight break. Djokovic roars to a simple love hold, finishing the game off a with a deft volley at the net.

BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 2-2 SCHWARTZMAN

Disappointment for Diego. He can’t back up the break as he wobbles on serve. A double fault offers Nole two bites of the cherry, and the Serbinator makes it count on the second opportunity. All square.

BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 1-2 SCHWARTZMAN

Wow, that wasn’t in the script! Diego, who goes by the nickname of El Peque (shorty in Spanish), shows Nole he has an early read on his serve and the Serb coughs up a double fault. The No.8 seed then misses a chance off a weak overhead from his opponent, but does snare two break points when Novak angles a crosscourt attempt into the net. Djoker saves one by licking two lines, but comes unstuck when he is wrong-footed moving into the net.

DJOKOVIC 1-1 SCHWARTZMAN

An important settler for Diego. He shrugs off a sizzling return winner from the world number one to ease on to the board with a hold to 15.

DJOKOVIC 1-0 SCHWARTZMAN

Well, that was simple and pretty ruthless. An ace down the middle T seals a rapid love hold to kick things off for the top seed.

Coin toss

Schwartzman wins it and opts to receive first. Time for the warm up.

Pre-match fun and games

View(s) from the baseline

Schwartzman on Djokovic: “It’s hard to think of something else, or try to be tactically better than him, or try to do winners. You just have to walk on court trying to play your 100%, and maybe if he’s not in his best day, you’re going to have a few opportunities. But always the first match is difficult for every single player, so I hope to have opportunities in the match and for sure I’m going to try to take them.”

Novak on Diego: “Diego is in great form this year, it’s been the best season of his life, he deserves to be part of this tournament. I have lots of respect for him, he’s a fierce competitor (and) one of the quickest players on the Tour.”

Head-to-head

Djoker owns the match-up 5-0. Their most recent meeting was in the Rome Masters final back in September when the Serb eased to a 7-5 6-3 victory. It was Nole's fifth Italian Open title.

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the Rome Masters

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Here comes the world number one...

Good afternoon. It’s finally time for the first of the singles action on Day 2 at the 2020 ATP World Tour finals. First up in Group Tokyo 1970, it’s top dog and five-time winner, Novak Djokovic against debutant, Diego Schwartzman.

Day two action

World number one Novak Djokovic takes on Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the first match of the day from 14:00 UK time.

The evening action sees US Open finalist Alexander Zverev face Daniil Medvedev in a repeat of the Paris Masters final which the Russian won in fine fashion. That's from 20:00.

Year-end No.1

A certain Mr Novak Djokovic will be on court today. Yesterday he received his trophy for finishing as world number one in 2020. It is a record-equalling sixth time the Serb has achieved the feat.

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Rafa Nadal expressed his satisfaction with his performance after he opened his ATP Finals campaign with a straight sets victory over debutant Andrey Rublev on Sunday.

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Who is playing?

Coming up on day one of the 2020 ATP Finals, defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on Dominic Thiem from 14:00 UK time, then in the evening Rafael Nadal faces Andrey Rublev from 20:00.

The eight singles players competing at this year’s ATP Finals will be Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman.

This year qualification is based on the ATP rankings (excluding points gained at last year’s ATP Finals) rather than a ‘Race to London’ ranking due to the disrupted season.

Tsitsipas is the defending champion after beating Thiem in the 2019 final. However, the Greek has been battling a leg injury that could impact his chances in London.

Thiem also struggled with blisters during the Vienna Open last month while Nadal and Djokovic have suffered surprise defeats in their most recent outings.

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What’s the schedule?

The tournament at London's O2 Arena runs from November 15 to November 22, with the group-stage draw taking place on November 12.

There will be two singles matches played every day before the semi-finals on Saturday, November 21 and the final on Sunday, November 22.

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What are the groups?

Group Tokyo 1970

  • Novak Djokovic
  • Daniil Medvedev
  • Alexander Zverev
  • Diego Schwartzman

Group London 2020

  • Rafael Nadal
  • Dominic Thiem
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • Andrey Rublev

What’s the format?

The eight singles players are divided into two four-player groups, with each player facing their three group rivals and the top two from each group advancing to the semi-finals. Standings are determined by number of wins and if players are tied then it is decided on by their head-to-head record.

Rublev, who has won five titles in 2020, and Schwartzman, will be competing at the finals for the first time. There will be four players aged 24 and under for the second straight year.

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