Alexander Zverev Wins Second ATP Finals Title, Upsets Daniil Medvedev

Alexander Zverev Wins Second ATP Finals Title, Upsets Daniil Medvedev Photo: TT
Alexander Zverev lifts his trophy after winning the final of the ATP Tour Finals in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Luca Bruno.

World number three, Alexander Zverev earns his sixth tour-level title this season, displaying an outstanding performance to beat defending champion Daniil Medvedev in Turin Sunday.

In their fourth 2021 meeting, Alexander Zverev toppled Daniil Medvedev in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 after one hour and 15 minutes at the Pala Alpitour Stadium, keeping a flawless record of six wins in six finals this year while claiming his 59th win of the season.

On Sunday, the German became the fourth player in the Nitto ATP Finals history to record semifinal and final victories over the Top two players in the ATP rankings.

In his on-court interview, he stressed: “I won the [Nitto ATP] Finals, in the final against someone I had lost five times in a row, so I had to play one of my best matches. I am happy about that and happy to go on holiday with this win.”

Aiming to capture his second title at the prestigious event, the third-seeded player got off to a fast start, holding to quickly extend his advantage to lead 2-1, as he stole a brake from Medvedev - the first time the Russian serve got broken all week.

Continuing his serving masterclass, showcasing great accuracy, the world number three went on to capture the first set 6-4 in 34 minutes, winning 89 percent on his first-service points to the U.S. Open champion 70 percent, also dominating on the groundstrokes.

The second set was almost a replica of the opener, with the 24-year-old breaking early to move ahead a set and a break.

As both players got deep into the second set, a confident Zverev, unbothered on serve, extended his lead 4-2.

Under pressure, Medvedev attempted a comeback but failed, committing a series of errors that would cost him the win.

The Hamburg native finished with an ace, having not faced a breakpoint in the championship match, hitting 23 winners in the process.

Moreover, Zverev wraps up his season in style, winning the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals, avenging a round-robin defeat to the Moscow native, who defeat him 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(6) in the Red Group at the season finale on Tuesday, in the longest match of the week (2 hours and 36 minutes).

It is special, and I am super thrilled and happy right now. There is no better way to end the season than winning here. I am incredibly happy, and I am already looking forward to next year,” Zverev said after the match.

En route to his 19-ATP title, the Tokyo Olympics gold medalist edged sixth seed Matteo Berrettini, who retired due to an injury when Zverev led a set and a game.

On Tuesday, he lost to Medvedev, raising his level on Thursday to oust Hubert Hurkacz. In the semifinal, he prevailed over world number one Novak Djokovic, booking his ticket to the grand finale in Turin.

2021 Season in Review

Zverev captured his second ATP 500 title of the year in Vienna last month - the first since March in Acapulco.

In addition, he lifted two ATP Masters 1000 trophies in 2021, Madrid and Cincinnati, also becoming a gold medalist in Tokyo.

Furthermore, early in November, he reached the semifinals at the Rolex Paris Masters in Bercy, falling to Medvedev in straight sets.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and a journalist passionate about sports, particularly motorsport, tennis, and soccer

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