After a down season, Daniil Medvedev got back in the win column on Sunday in Paris, winning the Indoor Masters event beating Alexander Zverev from a set down 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
Medvedev becomes the second Russian to win Paris in three years after Karen Khachanov won in 2018.
“It is great. I am really happy,” said Medvedev. “I don’t show this after the match, but I am really happy to win matches. Before the tournament, I was not in my best form, playing not so bad with zero finals this year. I was complaining to my wife like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t have the level. I don’t even have one final. I am playing so bad.’ Finally, I am the winner of Bercy, a tournament that I love.”
Medvedev this Masters title looked in doubt early as Zverev, who came in having won 12 straight matches, was at a set and 4-all in the second before Medvedev caught fire winning eight of the last nine games.
“I was playing really good in this tournament, especially today,” said Medvedev. “After the first set, I could given up because Sascha was serving well and playing well. I just stayed there and at one moment I raised my level higher and higher and started to put pressure on him and it worked. It broke his level a little bit.”
Zverev was seeking his fourth Masters title and third straight crown on the tour after back-to-back Cologne wins.
“Credit to him. He’s a great player,” said Zverev. “It’s his first tournament win of the season. I know his season wasn’t the easiest one, whereas I have to say my season [has] actually [been] going quite well.
“We will see how it goes with London. I’m happy with my tennis. I just need to maybe recover a little bit physically.”
Both players will now get a week off before heading to the ATP Finals in London. Zverev won the title their in 2018 while last year in his debut, Medvedev went winless at 0-3.
“For sure coming better shape than last year. Last year was really exhausted, lost in Paris. That’s when you lose your confidence. When you lose first round you always lose your confidence,” Medvedev said. “Just won this tournament, going to have a few days off, come to London, practise good. Hopefully can get some wins there.”
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