Alexander Zverev last night, shortly before midnight, he won an exhausting semi-final battle with world number one Novak Djokovic, and in addition he had before today’s final with Daniil Medvedev eight hours less time to rest.
However, he managed to gather enough strength for the last match of the season and he clearly lost a year older Russian, with whom he lost all five duels in the past thirteen months. His opponents did not offer a single breakball and in an hour and a quarter he won 6-4 6-4.
Zverev relied on excellent service and each set decided with one break. In the first set, he took Medvedev’s serve in the third game and in the second set at the beginning. He worked confidently in exchanges, he was able to be patient and, above all, from the forehand he sent millimeter-accurate winning shots. During the match, he fired an ace from the second hand.
“I don’t know if it was a perfect match today, but I had to play really well. I knew I had to show one of the best performances because I lost to him five times in a row and I knew it wouldn’t be easy at all,” he said. Zverev, who retaliated for Medvedev’s five-day defeat in the group and leveled the balance at 6-6.
The 24-year-old Zverev started in the Champions Tournament for the fifth year in a row, reached the finals for the second time and won it again. Also in 2018, he defeated Soka (Djokovic) in the final, with whom he had previously lost in the group.
This year in Turin, Zverev defeated the world number two and number one, which he achieved in the semifinals and finals in the semifinals and finals as the fourth in history and the first since 1990 (Andre Agassi). The native of Hamburg earned $ 2.143 million this week, over 48 million crowns.
Zverev also became the tenth player in history with more than one title from the Champions Tournament. Of his compatriots, only Boris Becker, who succeeded three times in the final event of the season, is better off.
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In 2021, Zverev was the only one to win 59 matches and is also the only tennis player with 6 titles. He turned them into all six final matches – before the Champions Tournament, he won the ‘500s’ in Acapulco and Vienna, the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Cincinnati, and the Olympics in Tokyo. He improved the overall balance in the final duels to 19-9.
“There is nothing better than ending the season by winning the Champions Tournament. But now I’m really looking forward to next year and we’ll see what happens,” said the satisfied German, who should prioritize winning his first grand slam title.
Medvedev lost the Champions’ Tournament for the first time in a series of nine wins, and did not follow up on last year’s triumph in London.
“Congratulations to Sasha. It’s not easy to play the finals against someone you lost to in the group. But he did it a second time and played really well today,” said Medvedev, who celebrated his first Grand Slam triumph at the US Open in September.
Tournament they won in doubles Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who followed the triumph of 2019 and also became two-time champions.
|• Singles – Final •|
|Zverev (4-Germany) – Medvedev 2-RUS) 6-4 6-4|
|• Doubles – Final •|
|Herbert/Mahut (3-Fr.) – Ram/Salisbury (2-USA/Brit.) 6-4 7-6(0)|