Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou thought Daniil Medvedev was slower than usual in his footwork and shot execution and that cost him the win over Alexander Zverev.
Zverev, ranked at No. 3 in the world, saw off Medvedev 6-4 6-4 in the final at the ATP Finals.
Zverev broke Medvedev once in each set and didn’t allow the Russian a single break point to win his second ATP Finals title.
“Daniil is slower than usual today both in his footwork and shot execution. His forehand hitting point is often further back. That explains why he doesn’t « feel » his shots really well,” Mouratoglou tweeted.
Zverev was thrilled after beating Medvedev
“It’s special,” Zverev said. “I’m super-thrilled, super-happy right now. There’s no better way to finish the season. I’m incredibly happy, but I’m also looking forward to next year already.”
Mouratoglou loved Zverev’s ambition and how he was already talking about the 2022 season.
“I love Sascha’s ambition. He just won the Masters and already looks at next year,” Mouratoglou said in another tweet.
On the other side, Medvedev admitted something was missing in his game.
““I didn’t feel amazing,” Medvedev said. “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.”