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Zverev downs Medvedev to win second ATP Finals crown

TURIN, Italy, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Germany’s Alexander Zverev capped a memorable yr by sweeping apart Russian world quantity two and defending champion Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-4 to win the ATP Finals on Sunday, claiming the title for the second time in his profession.

The 24-year-old Zverev, who didn’t face a single break level within the last, has now received six titles in six finals this yr – together with Olympic gold in Tokyo and two Masters titles in Madrid and Cincinnati.

Zverev, who additionally beat world primary Novak Djokovic on Saturday, grew to become solely the fourth participant to beat the highest two gamers on the planet within the semis and last of the season-ending match.

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Victory was additionally candy revenge for Zverev, who misplaced in three units to Medvedev within the spherical robin stage and got here into the match having misplaced his final 5 conferences in opposition to the Russian.

“You keep talking about the perfect match… It was great. I mean in the final against somebody I had lost five times in a row, so I had to play one of my best matches,” Zverev stated in a post-match interview.

“I’m happy about that, happy to go on holidays with this win now… There’s no better way to end this season than winning here, so I’m obviously fairly happy, but I’m also now very much looking forward to next year already.”

Zverev misplaced the primary 5 factors of the match however shortly modified gears to win 12 of the subsequent 13, taking the early break and going 3-1 up very quickly.

The German hardly put a foot flawed thereafter and was at his aggressive greatest from the baseline and the web to put Medvedev on the again foot, serving out the opening set and wrapping it up in 33 minutes.

Medvedev continued to battle along with his function Zverev broke him within the opening sport of the second set to pile the strain on the reigning U.S. Open champion.

Although Medvedev briefly discovered his groove at 3-2 down within the second set, the German instantly slammed the door shut to deny a break level alternative.

Zverev’s capacity to cowl the courtroom with lengthy strides additionally proved an excessive amount of for Medvedev, who regarded to discover angles for passing pictures however shortly discovered himself scampering to keep within the rally.

With the writing on the wall, the Turin crowd tried to urge Medvedev to drive a decider however Zverev was firmly in management, sealing the title along with his eighth ace.

Earlier, French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut received their second ATP Finals doubles title by beating American Rajeev Ram and Briton Joe Salisbury 6-4 7-6(0).

After their victory, Mahut signed the digicam with the message “Where is Peng Shuai”, the Chinese former doubles primary, whose security and whereabouts have been a priority since she accused a former vice-premier of China of sexual assault.

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Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by William Maclean, Toby Davis and Hugh Lawson

Tennis - ATP Finals - Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2021 Russia's Daniil Medvedev in action during his final match against against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Tennis - ATP Finals - Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2021 Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Tennis - ATP Finals - Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2021 Russia's Daniil Medvedev shakes hands with Germany's Alexander Zverev after their final match REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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