Alexander Zverev entered the 2018 Canada Masters in Toronto as the defending champion. Zverev was the 2nd seed behind Rafael Nadal, meeting a qualifier Daniil Medvedev in the third round. The more experienced youngster had the upper hand and scored a 6-3, 6-2 victory in 53 minutes for a place in the quarter-final.
Zverev was too strong for Medvedev, taking 56 out of 86 points and having the upper hand on serve and return. The German lost four points behind the initial shot in one of his finest performances on the Tour. On the other hand, the Russian faced three break chances and got broken on each to propel the rival into the last eight.
Alexander tamed his strokes nicely and kept the opponent at under ten winners. He beat Daniil in the shortest and more advanced rallies for a relaxed day at the office, remaining on the title course. Zverev made a rare mistake and sent a forehand long in the encounter's second game to bring Medvedev to the scoreboard before holding at love a few minutes later for 2-1.
Alexander Zverev sailed past Daniil Medvedev in Toronto 2018.
The German fired another unreturned serve in the fifth game before the Russian mirrored that to lock the result at 3-3 after swift 18 minutes. Alexander grabbed the first break at 4-3 when Daniil sprayed a forehand mistake and landed three winners in the next one to wrap up the opener 6-3 in 28 minutes.
The Russian held at 15 at the beginning of the second set and could not do the same at 1-1 when the German grabbed a break to move in front. Zverev held with three winners in the next one and clinched a break at love to open a 4-1 advantage and move closer to the finish line.
Firing from all cylinders, Alexander landed an ace in game six to increase the lead and force Daniil to serve to stay in the match. Medvedev claimed the seventh game with an ace, but that was all we saw from him. Zverev placed three winners in game eight to seal the deal and sail into the quarter-final, setting the clash against another youngster, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Daniil earned the necessary experience and would play in the Canada Masters final against Rafael Nadal a year later.
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