Two titans faced each other and the meeting was up to the task. Daniil Medvedev (2nd), defending champion of the tournament, beat Alexander Zverev (3rd) in a passionate match and qualified for the semi-finals. He defeated the German with partials of 6-3, 6-7 (3) and 7-6 (6) after two hours and 35 minutes.
The Russian defeated “Sascha” for the fifth time in a row, who has never been able to win a low-set engagement in his ATP Finals history. The previous confrontation between them had been at the Masters 1000 in Paris, where the Muscovite achieved a much more comfortable victory. A) Yes, the record is in favor of Medvedev 6-5.
The solidity from the bottom and that ability to always demand one more ball from his rival were key in this new victory for the Russian, who had to sweat more than desired after losing a tight second set. Thus, he achieved his seventh success in a row at the ATP Finals and was the leader of the Red Group.
The Hamburg-born, however, played a great game and also had several break opportunities in the first set that he couldn’t capitalize on as his rival did. In turn, he had a 4-2 advantage in the tiebreak of the decisive set but of course, the man from Moscow, at that time, brought out the best of his repertoire.
The discharge of Matteo Berrettini, sealed Medvedev’s qualification to the semifinals. In his third match, he will face Jannick Sinner. For his part, Alexander Zverev, who started with celebration on his debut, will close the Round Robin by facing the Pole.