It was an obstacle he needed to overcome and Alexander Zverev did it in style. He beat World Number Two Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 to claim his second ATP Finals title in Turin.
Just a few days earlier, Daniil Medvedev had beaten the German for the fifth successive time, albeit in a tight three-setter – to lead in their H2H for the first time. The German reached the final with another tight three-set victory over Novak Djokovic but trying to beat someone who has got the better of you five times in a row is a job in itself.
‘It was great,’ Zverev said. ‘I won the World Tour Finals in the final against a player I lost five times to in a row so I had to play one of my best matches. I’m happy about that, happy to be going on holidays with this win. There’s no better way to end the season than winning here. I’m obviously incredibly happy but I’m also very much looking forward to next year already.’
And he has every reason to look ahead with confidence. The third-ranked player notched up 59 wins on the Tour this season – more than anybody else. He bagged six titles, including an Olympic Gold medal, on the way. Surely, a much-desired Slam title is now on the cards? Medvedev thinks so.
‘He is a great player who is capable of beating anybody so he definitely can win a Grand Slam, it’s just obvious,’ said the Russian. ‘But he’s not the only one and that’s where it gets tough,’ he added. ‘Is he capable? Yes. Is he going to do it? We never know.’
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