MATCH REPORT | 2023 Next Gen ATP Finals: Masterful Hamad MEDJEDOVIC takes down Arthur FILS in spectacular performance to claim the trophy.

Hamad Medjedovic overcame Arthur Fils 3-4, 4-1, 4-2, 3-4, 4-1 to clinch the Next Gen ATP Finals title.

The young Serb player emerged as the new champion in the tournament for the best 21-and-under players of the season after a masterful duel with French Arthur Fils. Both entered the final undefeated with four victories, leading their respective groups.

Fils secured a spot in the final by defeating his compatriot Luca Van Assche 1-4, 4-1, 4-3(1), 4-3(6) in the semifinals. On the Serbian side, Medjedovic claimed victory after an injury prevented Dominic Stricker from continuing, resulting in a walkover with Medjedovic leading 4-3(5), 2-1.

The match began evenly, with both players holding their serves, leading to a tie-break after a 3-3 deadlock. In the decisive moment, Medjedovic squandered two set points, including one on his serve, and Fils ultimately took a 4-3(6) advantage.

In the second set, Medjedovic did not succumb to pressure and secured an early break. The Serbian had no issues from his service games, demonstrating aggressive play. He also capitalized on Fils' low first serve percentage of 36%, far from Medjedovic's impressive 80%.

In the third set, Medjedovic once again had a stellar start with an early break in the first game. The Serbian showcased his best form, winning all three service games without giving any chances to the French player.

Fils regained his form in the fourth set, and despite facing break points, Medjedovic managed to save them, forcing the set into a tie-break. With nerves evident on both sides, Medjedovic had two match points but couldn't capitalize. Finally, Fils seized his fourth set point, taking the match to the fifth set.

In the fifth set, Medjedovic proved to be the more consistent player, quickly taking the lead by capitalizing on Fils' unforced errors. The Frenchman was visibly frustrated, smashing his racket between games. Ultimately, Medjedovic secured the victory 3-4, 4-1, 4-2, 3-4, 4-1, and claimed the Next Gen ATP Finals trophy.

Fils becomes the sixth tennis player to win the ATP Finals, joining Hyeon Chung (No Ranking), Stefanos Tsitsipas (World No. 6), Jannik Sinner (No. 4), Carlos Alcaraz (No.2), and Brandon Nakashima (No. 133).

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