World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev admitted something was missing in his game against Alexander Zverev and that ultimately cost him the win.
Medvedev, who captured his maiden ATP Finals title last year, fell short of winning back-to-back titles at the season-ending event.
Zverev, ranked at No. 3 in the world, saw off Medvedev 6-4 6-4 to win his second ATP Finals title.
“I didn’t feel amazing,” Medvedev said, per Tennis Majors. “Tough to say. Maybe some tiredness of the body. Maybe just mentally was not a hundred percent. Not that I didn’t want to be. But, yeah, definitely something was missing. I don’t have the answer to be honest what.
“It made a difference. Even when it (his serve) was in, was not really going on the line, didn’t have this spark, if we can say like this, on it. Wasn’t enough. Sascha is a great player to be able to break me two times, which actually sometimes is in a way not too bad. When you play in a Masters final on a fast surface, somebody serving like Sascha, it’s enough to win the match.”
Zverev ends his losing streak against Medvedev
Medvedev was on a five-match winning streak against Zverev before losing to the German in the ATP Finals final.
“It was great,” Zverev said in his on-court interview. “I won the [Nitto ATP] Finals, in the final against someone I had lost five times in a row, so I had to play one of my best matches. I am happy about that and happy to go on holiday with this win.”
Zverev earned the first break of the match in the third game, before serving out for the opener in the 10th game.
Zverev then broke Medvedev in the opening game of the second set and routinely held on to his serve the rest of the way to seal the title.