Nitto ATP Finals: Daniil Medvedev turns in brilliant performance to dominate Novak Djokovic 
Photo: Paul Childs

Top seed Novak Djokovic will be fighting for survival at the Nitto ATP Finals after a thorough 6-3, 6-3 beating by fourth seed Daniil Medvedev at the O2 Arena.

The Russian broke open the match from 3-2 down in the first set to win seven straight games and he would go on to his third victory over the world number one in 18 months to as he will top Group Tokyo 1970.

Flawless Medvedev dismisses Djokovic with ease to clinch semifinal spot

Medvedev rolled through his first service game and held 15-40 in Djokovic's service game only to commit a pair of unforced errors, allowing the Serb to escape and lead 2-1. A seven minute hold from the Russian was sealed on his sixth game point after a forehand winner from a Djokovic drop shot. He then made his move soon after.

After a quick hold, Medvedev came out on top in an 11-minute marathon, bringing up his third break point of the game dealing with a poor Djokovic drop shot. He coaxed an error out of the world number one to go in front 4-3.

Medvedev was on point as he destroyed Djokovic/Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters
Medvedev was on point as he destroyed Djokovic/Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

Another comfortable hold brought the fourth seed to within a game of the set and he watched as Djokovic double-faulted three times, the last on set point to put Medvedev up a set.

The quickfire holds from Medvedev piled more pressure on Djokovic and he sprayed errors off of both wings to get broken in the second game of the second set. The run of games extended to seven as the Russian hit consecutive aces from deuce to hold.

Another close game on the fourth seed's serve ended with a Djokovic error and he blasted more big serves to move within a game of victory. The Serb would force him to serve out the match and he did just that, ending with a one-two serve-forehand to close out a spectacular performance.

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