Daniil Medvedev reacts after defeating Alexander Zverev.© AFP
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev defeated Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (8-6) in a tense ATP Finals match on Tuesday. Pale and grim-looking Medvedev missed two match points after struggling 4-2 to 6-4 in what was a see-saw final tie break which he described as ‘wonderful’ after the match. “I wanted to do some bravery at 6-5,” he said, allowing himself to smile from his double slip.
“But it was a match to remember, just amazing,” said Zverev, who defeated Hubert Herkaz of Poland in his opening round-robin match.
Blue hardcourts, soft blue lighting and blue kitted players added to the moody feel with the huge crowd at the Pala Alpitour Stadium. Zverev was certainly worried as he went down 6-3 in the first set which was harder than the score suggested.
The Vishal German appeared annoyed by a line call late in the set, before putting up his energy and leveling 1-1.
The win puts Medvedev at the top of the red group ahead of Zverev, who took a walkover victory over the injured Matteo Berrettini in his first bout.
In the green group, Novak Djokovic began his effort to equal Roger Federer’s record number of ATP Finals wins with a straight-sets victory over Casper Roode on Monday.
Russian Andrey Rublev also impressed with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 2019 champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and is behind Djokovic in the standings by winning one game less than the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
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