The Austrian superstar has been the 2nd best clay court player in last 3 years. He surprisingly won his 1st Masters 1000 on the hard courts of Indian Wells in March 2019.
Thiem reached his 1st hard court Masters final by beating big servers like Ivo Karlovic and Milos Raonic. However, between him and the crown stood a certain Roger Federer who by then already had 27 such trophies to his name.
Few people gave Thiem much chance even at the start and when Federer won the 1st set the task looked like scaling Everest for Thiem. The Austran held his nerve and took the 2nd set, thus taking the match to a decider.
The 3rd set was extremely hard fought and looked all set to get to a tie break shootout. But at 6-5 Thiem would break the Federer serve at thus take the match and the trophy. The Austrian looked in a state of disbelief about what he had accomplished. Number 3 in the Newest Masters 1000 Champions In 2019.
2. Fabio Fognini
The Italian has many times been accused of not doing justice to his wonderful talent due to his volatile temperament. He has however been a a strong clay court player, At Monte Carlo 2019 he however looked a different player.
Fognini reached the semis defeating in-form players like Alexander Zverev and Borna Coric. In his way however stood the great Rafael Nadal, who had already won 12 titles at the Monte Carlo Country club.
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Rafa was the 3 time defending champion and was looking in devastating form this year also. But an hour and a half into the match, Fognini put the world to shock. He ended Rafa Nadal’s chances of the 4th consecutive and 13th total title in the principality. He also ended Nadal’s 18 matches winning streak there and thus advanced to the final.
In the final Fognini was quick to overcome Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic with ease and thus claim the 1st Masters 1000 trophy. Number 2 in the Newest Masters 1000 Champions In 2019.
1. Daniil Medvedev
The Russian star had a great spell of 3 months on tour between August and October. He went on to win 2 Masters 1000 titles.
The 1st one came a Cincinnati where he defeated the World Number 1 Novak Djokovic in the semis. Medvedev did so in a heroic effort, coming from behind after Djokovic had won the 1st set. The Russian later beat David Goffin of Belgium to lift his maiden Master 1000 trophy.
Medvedev then lifted his 2nd Masters trophy in Shanghai in October. He did so without dropping any set. Medvedev defeated his next-gen rivals Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals and finals respectively. Numero Uno in the Newest Masters 1000 Champions In 2019.