Tennis: Alexander Zverev triumphs at ATP final – Sport

Alexander Zverev only went on the defensive once that night. But by voluntary decision. He won the election before the match – and stated that Daniil Medvedev should serve first and he should strike back. His opponent in this final was the world number two from Russia, the defending champion in the ATP Finals, who on Sunday saw his first final in Turin after the year-end tournament was moved from London. Zverev, third in the world rankings and winner of this event three years ago, then continued exactly where he left off in the semifinals against Novak Djokovic on Saturday.

The 24-year-old dictated rallies very often, made few mistakes, took chances to win direct points and remained as focused and cool from start to finish as if he arranged stamps in an album. After just 1:15 hours, he had won 6: 4, 6: 4, with an ace he hit the last point of an impressively strong performance.

“It’s amazing,” he said brilliantly after the match, shortly before shouting his joy out: “We want to celebrate it together as a family.” His brother Mischa is his manager, his father Alexander senior his coach. Zverev thus ends an excellent year 2021 with a final major title; it is his 19th title as prof. He won six tournaments this season and of course won the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“It was an excellent match from you,” Medvedev said at the award ceremony

In the multi-hall called Pala Alpitour in Piedmont, he demonstrated the areas where he had developed further. His serve, which he liked to be unstable, has stabilized, Djokovic even classified Zverev as one of the best servers in tennis. With the forehand, Zverev also pulls more directly through, is extremely close to baseline and wants to be the active one. The times when he retired far back on the field are over.

Aggressive forehand: Alexander Zverev has improved tremendously again this season. Meanwhile, not only his two-handed backhand is one of his strengths.

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A 12-1 point run in the first set got him on course early, and when he confidently pulled in the first set, he barely gave way. He is not happy with temporary successes, which is also this Zverev who has been improved again. Medvedev had defeated Zverev 7: 6 in the third set of the group stage. This finale was so, all the more surprising, completely one-sided. Medvedev does not really fit into Zverev’s game, the US Open champion won six out of eleven matches, and the last important duels between the two as well.

But this time, the 25-year-old from Moscow could not pull out his clever baseline strategy. Otherwise, he likes to send the opponents to the left and to the right and back. That did not let Zverev happen – and in turn, Medvedev shot over hard court. He later smiled like Djokovic the day before: They knew Zverev was too good. “It was a unique match from you,” he said forgivingly at the award ceremony, addressing Zverev.

Does Novak Djokovic play in Melbourne, where vaccination is now mandatory? “We’ll see,” says world number one

Meanwhile, a debate should accompany Djokovic in the near future. In Melbourne (17 to 30 January 2022), as announced by Craig Tiley, tournament manager for this year’s first Grand Slam tournament, only vaccinated tennis professionals are now officially allowed to play. Djokovic was infected with the corona virus last summer during his much-criticized show series called the Adria Tour (and survived all well). But he has apparently not received a vaccine so far and he continues to stone the status quo. Asked whether he, the eight-time Australian Open champion, would start at his undisputed best major event, he only said, “We’ll see. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Apparently, he is still struggling with a decision and continues to consider. He would be the defending champion, and if he gave up, he would lose all the points (2000) on the world rankings he received for his previous triumph. “We would love to see Novak here, but he knows he needs to be vaccinated to play,” Tiley continued.

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