Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev face off this Sunday (17:00, #Vamos) in the grand final of the ATP Finalsthe Masters Cup that this year has opened its headquarters. The Pala Alpitour in Turin will be the venue for a match that can already be considered a modern classic, since both have faced each other on eleven occasions with a balance in favor of the Russian 6-5. It will be the third time they meet with a title at stake, they did it at the 2019 Shanghai Masters 1,000 and Paris-Bercy 2020, and Medvedev won.
They come to the meeting quite differently. Zverev had to deal with the world number one and give 200% to surpass him, since he arrived fit and happy. She beat him in 2h28, with suffering, a lot of effort and a fantastic performance both with the serve, the rest and in the long exchanges. Medvedev, for his part, He easily beat Casper Ruud, in 79 minutes and without any problems.
The Muscovite comes to the appointment, therefore, a little fresher and knowing what awaits him. “Sascha? We just played a few days ago. It’s hard to say something special. Great serve, great hits…”, he simply said before knowing if he would be his rival. “I’m looking forward to it because the last game was very close and I lost it. I want to have another chance. It’s going to be difficult no matter what happens,” said the German. They also dominate face-to-face 3-0 this season. On Tuesday, in the group stage, they beat him in a quality match that was settled in the third set tiebreaker with many alternatives, which predicts another high-flying and very even duel.
Another one who doesn’t win the Big Three
What is certain is that the champion will be for the second time. If Daniil wins, he will be the first to repeat the title since Djokovic did it three times between 2012 and 2015. The winner will join Bjorn Borg and Lleyton Hewitt in eighth place on the list. It will be the sixth consecutive year that the award has not been won by either the Serbian, Nadal or Federer.