TURIN, Italy (AP) – If Alexander Zverev’s performance this weekend is any indication, a lot can be expected from Germany’s third place in 2022. Zverev beat the top two players in consecutive matches to win his second title in the ATP final.
TURIN, Italy (AP) – If Alexander Zverev’s performance this weekend is any indication, much can be expected from the third-placed German in 2022.
Zverev beat the top two players in consecutive matches to win his second title in the ATP Finals.
After knocking out No.1 Novak Djokovic in three sets in the semi-finals, Zverev put in a dominating performance in Sunday’s final, beating No.2 Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4.
The title culminates in a whole year for Zverev, who also won gold at the Tokyo Olympics and has now finished 2021 with more touring wins – 59, one more than Medvedev – than anyone.
The main thing missing from Zverev’s trophy collection is a Grand Slam trophy, having lost an epic final to Dominic Thiem in the US Open final last year.
The final was a rematch of a round robin match on Tuesday, when Medvedev beat Zverev in a tiebreaker in the third set.
This one went Zverev’s direction from the start, as the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) player crushed a massive backhand in the corner and then took advantage of a net winner to break the serve. of Medvedev in the third game of the match.
Helped by quick conditions inside the Pala Alpitour, Zverev was virtually untouchable on his serve, winning 20 of 25 points with his serve in the first set.
Zverev broke again in the opener of the second set, then grew so confident that he began to execute daring winners of a slender volley as he followed his serve at the net on occasion.
It was the first edition of the end-of-season event for the top eight players in Turin – after 12 years in London, where Zverev won his first final title in 2018.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won the doubles title by beating Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-4, 7-6 (0).
More from AP Tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/AndrewDampf
Andrew Dampf, The Associated Press