Alexander Zverev captures second Nitto ATP Finals title
11/21/2021 2:17:24 PM EST
Alexander Zverev claimed his second Nitto ATP Finals title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory Sunday over defending champion Daniil Medvedev in Turin, Italy.
Germany's Zverev, the 2018 champion, fired seven aces, struck 22 winners and never faced a break point in the 75-minute victory against his Russian nemesis.
"It was great," Zverev, 24, said in his on-court interview. "I won ... in the final against someone I had lost five times in a row, so I had to play one of my best matches. I am happy about that and happy to go on holiday with this win."
Zverev, who lost to Medvedev during the tournament's round-robin stage, evened his head-to-head series with the 25-year-old Medvedev at 6-6.
"It is special and I am super thrilled and happy right now," Zverev said. "There is no better way to end the season than winning here. I am incredibly happy and I am already looking forward to next year."
Ranked No. 3 in the world, Zverev became the fourth player in the tournament's history to defeat the world's No. 1 (Novak Djokovic) and No. 2 players in the semifinals and final. Andre Agassi was the last to do so in 1990.
Zverev earned a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 win against Djokovic on Saturday.
Zverev finishes the season with a tour-leading 59 wins, including ATP Masters 1000 titles in Madrid and Cincinnati. He also won at Acapulco and Vienna and took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Medvedev finished with 14 winners and 13 unforced errors. Zverev broke the 2021 U.S. Open champion's serve in the third game of the first set and in the opening game of the second set.
Medvedev ends the season with 58 wins, one behind Zverev. Medvedev was trying to become the first repeat winner since Djokovic won four straight from 2012-15.
"It's been a great season. It's not easy to get to the Masters final and for myself I was really happy to be here," Medvedev said. "Hopefully I'm going to be a part of these tournaments and can try to win one more time."
Zverev won 20 of 25 points on his serve in the opening set and 21 of 29 in the second set.
He will look to carry the momentum into 2022 as he seeks his first Grand Slam title. The Australian Open begins in Melbourne on Jan. 17.
--Field Level Media
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