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2. December 2023

New Champion Crowned in Jeddah: Medjedovic Winning the Title at Next Gen Finals

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia 


Hamad Medjedovic squandered two match points before he finally upset the top-seeded Arthur Fils and won the Next Gen Finals championship match on Saturday.


It was the first five-set final in six editions of the tournament.


Medjedovic missed the chance to seal it in four but converted his third match point in the fifth to beat Fils 3-4 (6), 4-1, 4-2, 3-4 (9), 4-1 after two hours, 11 minutes.


The 20-year-old Medjedovic did not lose a match on his way to becoming the first Serbian to win the tournament for the top eight players aged 21 or under, and won the max prize money for the event 514,000$, which is more than what he earned in his entire career before this week.


The tournament was held in Saudi Arabia for the first time after it was played in Milan ever since the inaugural edition in 2017. Besides shorter sets, other changes to the usual tennis rules included shorter changeovers and less time on the shot clock for some points.


The tournament has presented the first ever Arab player to play in this event, the Jordanian Abdullah Shelbayh ranked 181 in the world, who won one match in the round robin against the American Michelsen, and was to sets away from making the Semi-Finals.