Daniil Medvedev seals SF Pier in Turin | ATP Tour
In the latest chapter of their showdown, defending champion Daniil Medvedev clinched a tough 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6) victory over Alexander Zverev on Tuesday at the Nitto ATP. Finals to win tickets to the semi-finals. final when he made it 2-0 in the Red Group match.
The world No 2 knocked out Hubert Hurkacz in his opening match and assisted that against the German as he hit the ball with the right depth and recovered from sinking in the second set, passing the Zverev’s heavy hit to win after two hours and 35 minutes in an entertaining match in Turin. With a win over Zverev, Medvedev moved up the ranks with the 24-year-old with 56 wins leading the league this season.
“Definitely one of the memorable matches,” Medvedev said. “When you win 8/6 in the tie-break in the third round, it’s 4/2 for him so I’m fine with him, he hands over a few aces and that’s it. I made it 6/4 and I feel fine, it’s my moment now. It’s back to 6/6, you’re really tight, because I wanted to do a brave move with a 6/5 second serve and volley, that didn’t work out.
“He made a great shot. You’re like maybe I should stay at baseline. If I lose the match because of this, it will be very difficult… Just a great feeling. There’s really not much to say about the game, just great. ”
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The Russian, who overcame Dominic Thiem to win the title at last season’s finale, secured the top spot of the Reds after Matteo Berrettini withdrew through injury. The replacement Jannik Sinner will face Hurkacz on Tuesday night.
Medvedev is currently leading Zverev 6-5 in their ATP Head2Head series, having gone five games against the world number three, including wins in Australia and Paris this year. The pair also met in the scoring circle at the 2020 season finale, with Medvedev’s 6-3, 6-4 win.
“Sometimes tennis is like that,” added Medvedev. “You just have to try to do your best. Sometimes luck is on your side, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s not just luck. I just try to do my best and I’m really happy for the seven games.” The last match was favorable for me.”
Earlier this season, the number two seed claimed his fourth ATP Masters 1000 title in Toronto, before he ended Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam hopes in the US Open final to claim his first major title. Medvedev arrives in Turin after running to the title match in Paris.
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In a vibrant start, Medvedev played the better points as he grabbed three break points in his opening two games and beat Zverev to take a 3-0 lead. The Russian closed the net effectively throughout the first set, going ahead to take the lead in quick conditions.
After scoring the opening goal in the 37th minute, Medvedev continued to press Zverev in the second set with basic headers. But the German stood his ground, saving all three break points he faced in the set as both moved into tie-breaks. Medvedev was then punished for the second error at 1/1 and was briefly distracted as Zverev leveled, with the German raising his hand to continue communicating with the raving crowd. as he approached his chair.
Both players were very strong on serve in the decisive serve when they were active, with Medvedev saving the only break point of the set 5-5, 30/40 when Zverev hit a forehand. In a tense inning, Medvedev found his deep backhand to take a 6/4 lead, but Zverev excelled to save both match points. However, it only delayed the result, with Medvedev’s winning match in his third match when Zverev hit a backhand into the net.
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Medvedev served and volleyed twice in the third round, including his second match score of 6/5, but didn’t score any.
“I lost both, so I guess it was a bad choice,” Medvedev said. “I wanted to stand here and say I was brave and showed great bravery, but I lost two points, so no. It was a bad choice. I decided it was a good choice to play against Sascha and it didn’t work out. But I’m glad I was able to keep taking my shots. ”
The world number 3, who has won five titles in tournaments this season, is currently drawing 1-1 in a match against Red Group and faces Hurkzcz in his final round-robin match. Zverev is aiming to re-establish his 2018 Nitto ATP Finals title this week at the Pala Alpitour.
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