Daniil Medvedev has become the fourth singles player to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 15-22 November. He joins Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem as the tournament marks the 50th anniversary of its inception in 1970.
Medvedev, who competed at the season finale last year for the first time, went 4-1 for Team Russia at the inaugural ATP Cup in January and reached the US Open semi-finals (l. to Thiem) last week. He is the first Russian to qualify in consecutive years since 2009 Nitto ATP Finals champion Nikolay Davydenko (2005-2009).
Reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas is next in line to qualify at No. 6 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. Alexander Zverev, who lost to Thiem in his first Grand Slam championship final at the US Open on Sunday, is also in contention to return to The O2 in London. Two years ago, Zverev became the first German titlist at the year-end championship since Boris Becker in 1995.
Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares have joined Australian Open winners Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the 2020 doubles field after picking up their first major team trophy at the US Open (d. Koolhof/Mektic).
In line with existing UK Government guidance, the ATP currently plans to hold the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals behind closed doors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nitto ATP Finals, featuring the best eight singles players and doubles teams, has been held in London since 2009 and has successfully established itself as one of the major annual sporting events worldwide. The tournament is broadcast in more than 180 territories with global viewership reaching an average of 95 million each year. The event will be held in Turin, Italy, from 2021-2025.
Published at Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:57:00 +0000