Alexander Zverev won the title in the ATP season final for the second time since 2018. In the final in Turin, he broke the curse against his formidable opponent Daniil Medvedev.
Alexander Zverev gave the magnificent silver cup a big kiss and was celebrated as the best of the best amid furious fireworks. “There is no better way to end the season,” said the Olympic champion proudly after triumphing in the ATP season final for the second time since 2018 – with sweet revenge on his so-called feared opponent Daniil Medvedev.
Barely had the 24-year-old secured the perfect end to the most successful season of his career with a crashing final ace he stepped back his head and let out a huge primal scream. “It was a great game,” said the world number three after the deserved 6: 4, 6: 4 against defending champions Russia, who had beaten him five in a row, including only Tuesday in the group stage. .
“Thank you for letting me win too,” Zverev said jokingly, then addressed his family and companions in the box with moving words. “Everything is there except my dad, unfortunately,” he said: “I hope my dad will be back soon and we can celebrate such victories together again.”
His father and coach Alexander Zverev senior was absent from Turin for unknown reasons. “He asked me not to talk about it,” said Zverev, who did not leave his trophy out of reach two hours after the game.
With the impressive revenge on Medvedev at the last big meeting of the year, the Hamburger secured his 19th tournament victory – the sixth of the year – and a check of around 1.9 million d euros before his vacation in the Maldives. “I’m very happy right now,” he said, and Boris Becker congratulated him from far away London as well. “Amazing performance from you!” Wrote the German tennis idol on Instagram.
Zverev sends big exclamation mark to competition
With the second blow after the impressive semi-final victory over industry leader Novak Djokovic, Zverev also sent a big exclamation mark to the competition regarding the new season. “There’s one more thing missing,” he said, referring to the long-awaited first Grand Slam title. In the 52-year history of the final tournament for the best tennis professionals of the year, it won the sixth German victory. Boris Becker (1988, 1992, 1995) and Michael Stich (1993) triumphed in front of the Tokyo gold medalist.
The omens had clearly spoken against Zverev. The remarkable 7: 6 (7: 4), 4: 6, 6: 3 against big favorite Djokovic late on Saturday night had cost a lot of strength – Medvedev had made his safe entry into the final against Norway’s Casper Ruud around eight o’clock . earlier and left much less grain.
But Zverev mobilized all his strength reserves for one last scorching dance. Already at the atmospheric entrance to the Pala Alpitour, he was casting a longing glance at the trophy and he was doing much better in the starting blocks. Against Djokovic, he acted with power and secured the break at 2-1 with a scooter net. Zverev looked well regenerated and was moving well, the service was a bank again.
While Zverev often acted too passively against Medvedev on Tuesday after losing in the third set tie-break, he has now dominated the rally. During his first serve, the German scored almost all the points of the first set against the solid return player (16/18). And Zverev didn’t let his opponent get out of the lead, with another break he opened the second round.
With the dominance of a champion, he continued to serve and left no doubt, Medvedev had no chance of a break in the entire game. After just 1:15, Zverev finished the Russian’s 9-0 run to the ATP Finals through the seasons – and rounded off the already most successful year of his career, in which he was only denied the first title. during a Grand Slam tournament.