ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev dethrones Daniil Medvedev to reign supreme in Turin

World no. 3 Alexander Zverev claimed the second ATP Finals crown on Sunday in Turin, beating the defending champion Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 15 minutes. The German toppled the world’s two leading players, overpowering Novak Djokovic in the semis and standing strong against Medvedev for the first triumph over the Russian after five straight losses. Alexander served at 74% in the final, defending both serves superbly and dropping 13 points in ten service games to avoid break points. Medvedev failed to follow that pace, facing four break chances and getting broken once in each set to hand the trophy to the younger rival and experience the first ATP Finals loss after nine straight victories. Zverev became the third German player with at least six titles in a single season, never losing the title clash and standing as the fifth active player with at least 19 ATP crowns.

Alexander Zverev ousted Daniil Medvedev in straight sets at the ATP Finals.

Daniil kicked off the encounter with a hold at love thanks to a service winner, and Alexander broke the second game home to get his name on the scoreboard. The German grabbed a break at 15 in the third game following a lucky net cord winner and held at love with an ace for a 3-1 advantage in ten minutes. Medvedev struggled to find his strokes and faced another break chance in game five, saving it and forcing Zverev’s error to remain within one break deficit. Alexander held at 15 with a service winner in game six, and Daniil followed that in the next one to extend his chances.

The German brought the eighth game home with a forehand winner and fired three service winners at 5-4 to wrap up the opener in 32 minutes. Medvedev got broken at the beginning of the second set thanks to a forehand mistake, and he had to work hard to get it back and prolong the title clash. In game two, Alexander cemented the break with another powerful serve and landed a short backhand winner at the net in the fourth for a 3-1 advantage. Daniil reached deuce on the return in the sixth game with a forehand winner before Alexander placed two winners to bring it home and remain in front. In game eight, the German held at 15 and sealed the deal with an ace at 5-4 for his second ATP Finals title and a perfect season-ending. 

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