Five Takeaways Nitto ATP Finals 2021 | ATP Tour

Alexander Zverev ended the ATP Tour season on peak Sunday night when he beat Daniil Medvedev give Nitto ATP Finals title, completing a thrilling week in Turin. looks back at five takeaways from the week at the season finale.

1) Zverev capture the title
It can be said that Zverev has earned the second time Nitto ATP Finals position. After losing to Medvedev in the first and second leg finals, he advanced to the semi-finals and never looked back.

The Germans eliminated the world number 1 Novak Djokovic in an intriguing trio in the final four games and then overcame Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 in the title fight to claim the championship trophy. Zverev is the fourth player in Nitto ATP Finals history of beating the top two players in the FedEx ATP Rankings in the semifinals and finals, participating Ivan Lendl (1982), Stefan Edberg (1989) and Andre Agassi (1990).

“It’s special, and I’m very excited and happy right now,” added Zverev. “There is no better way to end the season than to win here. I am extremely happy and I am already looking forward to next year. “

Zverev previously won the crown at The O2 in London three years ago, when he beat Djokovic and Roger Federer on his way to victory. He ends 2021 with world No. 3 in the highest FedEx ATP Rankings of his career.

This is the fifth year in a row that a player is outside the Big Four of Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray won Nitto ATP Finals. Zverev is the only person to have won twice in that span.

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2) Prime Minister Medvedev only lost the right to defend the title
Medvedev appeared in a good position to successfully defend Nitto ATP Finals title, but was only relegated in the season finale.

For the second year in a row, the Russians advanced to the championship match with an unbeaten record of 4-0. But while he rallies from a defeat last year against Dominic Thiem for the title, he was unable to match Zverev, who failed to serve in the final to claim the world No. 2’s record nine wins at the event.

Medvedev did not become the first to repeat Nitto ATP Finals champion since Djokovic’s stint four times from 2012-15, but that won’t stop him from pushing to win the biggest events.

“I will try to do my best, try to win more titles, try to be in the finals of major tournaments,” Medvedev said.

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3) Herbert / Mahut triumphs again
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut lost the second match in the Red Table first Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in a tie-break match. But the third seeds got their revenge on Sunday when they overcame the US-UK duo in straight sets to lift Nitto ATP Finals cup for the second time.

Herbert and Mahut became the eighth team – and first all-French pair – to win the season finale multiple times. This is their sixth appearance as a duo at the year-end championships.

“It’s a great feeling to win here for the second time,” said Mahut. “We lost to them in the group stage, when they played great, and today we know we have to play at our best. I think we played the best game of the week. Finishing the season like this is a great achievement. ”

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4) Successful move to Turin
NS Nitto ATP Finals debuted in Turin this year after a 12-year stay in London. The city embraced the event from the arrival of the players until the final hour as fans cheered for Zverev’s victory.

“What makes it so special in Italy are the fans, because the fans are completely insane. It’s the loudest crowd, it’s the most energetic crowd,” said Zverev, “The annual Rome is one of my favorite tournaments of the year. I think this has come to the fore and I can’t wait to play in Italy every single time in my career. I love Italy so much and I hope Italy loves tennis as much. “

There are signage throughout the city promoting the event as well as a fan village in Piazza San Carlo, which features various activities to bring fans closer to the season finale. The players also surprised fans the Friday before the tournament as they walked through the city for official photos of the event.

Turin is the 15th different city to host the event Nitto ATP Finals. It was originally held in Tokyo in 1970.

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5) Sinner’s Shining Moment
One of the most emotional moments of the event was during the round robin competition. When you love being at home Matteo Berrettini withdrew due to left oblique injury before his second game, first substitute Jannik Sinner, another Italian, walked in with just a few hours notice before he was faced with Miami Open presented by Itau champion Hubert Hurkacz.

With the overwhelming support of the crowd inside the Pala Alpitour, Sinner played a perfect match to beat Pole 6-2, 6-2. Before giving the court interview, the home favorites player had to leave the microphone several times because of the standing ovation the crowd gave him.

“The atmosphere is great, everyone here is cheering for me and for Italy,” Sinner said. “Playing in Italy is special because you guys stick together and want to win together, and I got that feeling today. When the whole stadium is playing [with you] against one guy, it’s not easy. “

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