ATP Paris: Daniil Medvedev downs pale Alexander Zverev to set Novak Djokovic clash

The world’s leading players Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will fight in the Paris Masters final on Sunday. Novak prevailed over Hubert Hurkacz in the first semi-final. At the same time, the defending champion Medvedev took down Alexander Zverev’s in the repeat of the last year’s final, dominating on serve and return in a 6-2, 6-2 victory in an hour and 20 minutes. Thus, Medvedev is through to his sixth Masters 1000 final, seeking the fifth title in the first clash against Djokovic since beating him in the US Open final. Daniil scored the fifth win over tired Alexander and the fourth in a row, using the German’s tight schedule and the title in Vienna claimed last Sunday. Zverev sprayed over 30 unforced errors, missing from both wings and at the net, especially in the crucial points. Daniil forged a massive advantage in the more extended rallies and defended all three break points while breaking his opponent twice in each set to control the scoreboard.

Daniil Medvedev lost only four games against Alexander Zverev in Paris.

The German had no problems in his opening two service games, and he placed a forehand winner at 2-1 to create two break chances. Medvedev fended off both and held with a service winner to bring the game home and avoid an early setback. Alexander netted an easy volley in game five to experience a break and fall behind before creating the third and last break chance in the next one with a forehand winner. The US Open champion erased it with an ace and held for 4-2. Losing steam, Zverev played a loose forehand in the seventh game to experience another break and find himself 5-2 down.

Serving for the opener, Medvedev fired a service winner to take it 6-2 after 42 minutes, hoping for more in the second set. Alexander got broken at 1-1 following another loose volley, smashing his racquet and receiving a warning. The German sent another volley into the net at 1-3, felt further behind and drifted away from any chance for a comeback. Daniil held at love in the sixth game and served for the victory at 5-2. The Russian fired an unreturned serve to secure his second Paris Masters final and move a win away from the title defense and his fifth Masters 1000 crown. 

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