Alexander Zverev beats Daniil Medvedev to win ATP Finals title

By Rek Hanibal Published on November 22, 2021
Alexander Zverev beats Daniil Medvedev to win ATP Finals title

The 24-year-old German world number three, who had lost to the Russian second seed in the group stage, turned the tables to win 6-4 6-4. Zverev, the 2018 champion, did not face a breakpoint in a serving masterclass.

"I had to play one of my best matches," Zverev said after his sixth title of a year that included Olympic gold."I'm super thrilled and super happy right now. There is no better way to end the season than to win here."

Zverev, who beat world number one Novak Djokovic on Saturday, becomes only the fourth player to win the top two players in the world in the semi-finals and final of this prestigious tournament and the first since Andre Agassi in 1990.

This week the pair had already met in Turin, with 25-year-old US Open champion Medvedev beating Zverev in a lengthy three-setter. Zverev, 24, had lost to him five times since he won the 2019 ATP Finals in London.

But the 25-year-old Russian could not extend that winning run when the trophy was at stake as the German took an early break in both sets in a clinical display.

Zverev's serving was almost flawless as he dropped just four points on serve in the first set and won 83% of his first-serve points. It was, therefore only fitting that he sealed victory with an ace.

"You beat me five times in a row, thank you for letting me win once," Zverev said to Medvedev during the trophy presentation.

This was the first final since the tournament's relocation from London, and it was the first time since 2005 that the two finalists were aged 25 or younger.

Rek Hanibal

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