Hamad Medjedovic gives Serbia unique ATP Finals double

Hamad Medjedovic

Hamad Medjedovic ensured that Serbia lays claim to the champions in both the ATP Finals and the Next Gen Finals this season.

On Sunday in Jeddah, Medjedovic completed his remarkable season by winning the Next Gen ATP Finals.

He overcame missing out on two match points to Arthur Fils in the fourth set and went on to win the first-ever five-set event final.

In front of a boisterous audience in King Abdullah Sports City, the 20-year-old performed with aggression in response to the enthusiastic backing. Large cuts at the ball helped the Serbian score 88 percent (61/69) of points on his first serve and he would convert his third match point to blow past the 19-year-old Frenchman in two hours and eleven minutes, finishing with a score of 3-4(6), 4-1, 4-2, 3-4(9), and 4-1.

It also closed off a successful season for Serbia, which saw Novak Djokovic win a record seventh ATP Finals title earlier this month in Turin. This week, the World No. 1 has been sending Medjedovic missives of encouragement.

“Two of us from Serbia. He won the big Masters, the real one, and I won the Next Gen. Obviously it’s a huge thing and I’m happy to follow in his footsteps in some way,” Medjedovic said.

Medjedovic set a tournament record with $514,000 in prize money, winning all of his matches and became the first Serbian to win the competition.

Over the course of the week in Jeddah, Medjedovic hit 69 aces, making history as the player with the most aces in the history of the event.

The 20-year-old is the lowest-ranked winner in the history of the tournament at No. 110 in the ATP Rankings. He is also the sixth Next Gen ATP Finals champion, joining Top 10 players Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, and Stefanos Tsitsipas in  claiming the crown.

“I can’t believe I have won this title, but it’s going to give me a lot of confidence for 2024,”Medjedovic said. “Arthur is an amazing player; he’s Top 40 for a reason, so I’m really happy.”

“It was tough after the first set. I changed my clothes and recovered and started to play good again. I didn’t play good when I had match points in the fourth set. I wasn’t relaxed, I was very stiff. Thank God I recovered and I was just trying to stay relaxed as much as I could and I managed to do it in the end.”

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