World No. 3 Alexander Zverev thinks he still has a very good chance of making the semifinal at the ATP Finals.
On Tuesday, Zverev lost to Daniil Medvedev in three sets and he now has a 1-1 record at the ATP Finals.
“To be honest, in my personal opinion I think we both have a very good chance of passing the group,” Zverev said, per the ATP Finals website.
“This is not like any other tournament. I am in the tournament still, I still have a chance to win the tournament and this is what I’m thinking to myself. Of course I wanted to win, there’s no doubt about it, I lost 8-6 in a third-set tie-break. But the tournament isn’t done yet.”
Medvedev edged out Zverev 6-3 6-7 (3) 7-6 (6) to improve to 2-0 at the ATP Finals.
“I think it was good. I think we both played pretty well,” Zverev said.
“I think we both served extremely well, since the opening game on my serve we both didn’t get broken. The surface is very fast, the court is very fast, the balls are very fast, and I think for those conditions we played extremely well.”
Zverev plays Hubert Hurkacz next
“Look, I think if I beat Hurkacz I’m in a very good position because I won in two sets, I lost in three,” Zverev said. “I’m ready to play on Thursday. I’m ready to play Hubi on Thursday and I think that will be the deciding match for me. I’m excited, I’m looking forward to it, I think it’s all in my hands, kind of.”
Zverev won his first match at the ATP Finals following a Matteo Berrettini retirement.
On Tuesday, Berrettini pulled out of the rest of the ATP Finals due to an abdominal injury.
“It’s sad. At the end of the day, he’s at home, he’s playing in front of the Italian fans, he’s playing one of the biggest tournaments in the world in Italy. I think for him the feeling that he’s having is incredible. So hopefully he’ll be back here next year,” Zverev said of Berrettini.