Zverev dominates the ATP Finals
Turin If Alexander Zverev’s performance this weekend is any indication, much can be expected of the third-placed German in 2022.
Zverev beat the best players in consecutive matches to claim his second ATP Finals title.
After eliminating top seed Novak Djokovic over three sets in the semi-finals, Zverev produced a dominant performance in Sunday’s final, defeating second seed Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4.
Medvedev, the US Open champion, won the event last year and beat Zverev five times in a row.
“There is no better way to end the season than to win here,” Zverev said. “I’m now really looking forward to next year.”
Capping the title for a full year, Zverev, who also won gold at the Tokyo Olympics and who has now finished 2021 with more wins in the round – 59, more than Medvedev – than anyone else.
The main thing missing in Zverev’s trophy collection is the Grand Slam trophy, after he lost an epic final to Dominic Thiem in last year’s US Open final.
The final was a rematch on Tuesday, when Medvedev beat Zverev in the third set tiebreak.
This went Zverev’s way right from the start, as the 6-foot-6 (1.98m) crushed a massive backhand into the corner and then got off a net-winner to break Medvedev in the third game of the match.
Aided by fast conditions inside the Pala Alpitour, Zverev was nearly untouchable on his serve, winning 20 of 25 with his serve in the first set.
Zverev broke again in the second set opener, then became so confident that he began making daring goals with the swing air strike that he continued to serve into the net at times.
Zverev concluded the match with a long header on the first point of the match – on the second serve.
This was the first edition of the end-of-season event for the top eight in Turin – after 12 years in London, where Zverev won his first final title in 2018.
Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicholas Mahut won the doubles title by defeating Rajiv Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-4, 7-6 (0).
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