For the second time this year, Alexander Zverev you denied Novak Djokovic a chance to play for a big trophy.
After defeating the best player in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics, Zverev beat Djokovic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 at the same stage of the ATP final on Saturday.
Result means Djokovic cannot match Roger Federer’s record six titles in the season finale for the top eight players. At least this year.
Instead, Zverev will play in second place. Daniil Medvedev in the Sunday finale.
Final against Medvedev
US Open champion Medvedev defeated first qualifier Kasper Ruud 6-4, 6-2 earlier when he tries to defend his title in the first tournament in Turin – after 12 years in London.
Medvedev won his last five meetings with Zverev, including a round-robin earlier this week that was decided in a tie-break in the third set.
Zverev won this event in 2018.
Djokovic made a series of uncharacteristic basic mistakes on the hands Zverev the decisive break in the middle of the third set.
Zverev then maintained his composure, maintaining a break point before pitching the truncated Ace to the T in his first match point.
But the tone of the match was set in the first set, after Zverev reflected the set point – 4-5.
On the tie-break of the first set, Zverev’s challenge forced Djokovic to make a second serve, which led to a double error. Djokovic then struck a backhand, cutting the net and jumping over it, giving Zverev time to break it and respond with a cross-court winner with an acute-angled right-hand kick.
Tie-break 5: 4, Zverev crushed the backhand winner on the line to complete a long rally, then delivered a large wide serve at his first target point, which Djokovic couldn’t go back.
In September in US OpenMedvedev canceled Djokovic’s application for a calendar year Grand slam after beating the Serb in the final and winning his first trophy at the Major.
Dictating the game against Ruud from the start, Medvedev has improved to 9-0 in the ATP Finals since its debut in 2019.
The victorious Medvedev, an inside-out right hand that ended the rally with 32 shots, led to an early break in the first set. Then Medvedev began to change his game more, hitting on goal and throwing down as he fought his way again in the middle of the second set.
Ruud broke again when he interrupted a point to challenge a pending challenge by passing Medvedev a chance to serve the match.
Medvedev, who did not hit any break points and won 11 of 15 points from the net, finished it off with a perfect serve and a volley on his first match point.
Ruud, who also lost Djokovic in straight sets in his first round-robin, he said that the heavy defeat of the two best players “makes me strive for revenge and become the best player next year.”
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