Alexander Zverev put an end to the run of Daniil Medvedev topping the defending champion 6-4, 6-4 to win his second ATP Finals title on Sunday in Turin, Italy.
“I’m obviously happy with how the season went. I’m happy with the finish of the season,” Zverev said. “It was obviously a great year. To capture the title here has been incredible.”
Zverev has lost his last five to the Russian and hadn’t won in two years, but today turned the tables on a defeat earlier in the week by serving his way past Medvedev ending his 9-match winning streak at the event.
“I won the 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,” said Zverev.
“I am super thrilled and happy right now,” he said. “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, who been plagued by serving woes earlier in the year, never faced a break point. Meanwhile, the usually rock-steady Medvedev was off his game, but that can be credited to Zverev’s performance.
“Sascha is a great player to be able to break me two times, which actually sometimes is in a way not too bad. When you play in a Masters final on a fast surface, somebody serving like Sascha, it’s enough to win the match.”
Medvedev has just routed Zverev dropping just four games in the Paris Indoors final and won a nailbiter earlier in the week.
“We all try to do something different, to prepare differently or play differently,” said Medvedev. “I felt he was doing something differently. Maybe I lost the first break of serve because of this, but at the same time if you make aces you get into the match.
“I tried to change up things I’d been doing, and I felt it was working well, but I just couldn’t return his serve and it was enough for him to win the match,” he went on. “Every time you know he is going to do something new and you have to be prepared for it and the same for them. This time he won, but next time I will try to do something better and try to do something better than him and win.”
Zverev now has two ATP Finals titles, a tour-leading six titles for 2021 including Olympic gold and overall at just 24 already has won 19 career titles. But he’s still missing a Grand Slam, which is on his radar for 2022.
“I have succeeded on every single level, and there’s one thing missing,” Zverev said. “I hope I can do that next year.”
This weekend, Zverev beat both the No. 1 and No. 2s on consecutive days. They were also the Australian Open and US Open champions.
“You go into the match knowing that you’re playing one of the two best players in the world. I knew that I had to play my best tennis to beat him,” Zverev said. “I did that today. I think I played a very good match. I’m happy with my level. I’m happy with the performance I had.”
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