Alexander Zverev came to Paris with back-to-back titles at home in Cologne, extending the winning streak after advancing to his seventh Masters 1000 final. The German had to battle hard against Adrian Mannarino to stay in touch, losing a lot of energy but having enough left in the tank to topple Rafael Nadal for the second time in a row in the semis.
Seeking the third straight indoor title, Alexander won the opening set against Daniil Medvedev and stayed in touch until 4-4 in the second set before suffering a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 loss, propelling the Russian towards the third Masters 1000 trophy.
It was the first title of the season for the Moscow native, continuing where he left in Cincinnati and Shanghai last year to complete the season's final three Masters 1000 shields. Giving credit to his opponent, Zverev said Medvedev is a great player who would always wear you down if he gets the opportunity.
Daniil had 35 winners and 25 unforced errors, beating Alexander in the mid-range and most extended exchanges and fending off six out of seven break chances. Zverev couldn't match that pace, staying in touch in the opening two sets before running out of gas in the decider to hand the trophy to his opponent.
The German won the opening game with a service winner, followed by an unreturned serve from the Russian who got his name on the scoreboard. Zverev survived two deuces at 3-3 for another lead, denied by an ace from Medvedev, who was there to follow his pace.
The German secured a comfortable hold in game nine, forcing the Russian to serve for staying in the set. With no sign of nerves or room for errors, Daniil held at 15 to pass the obstacle, serving again at 5-6. Alexander found the range on the return in the best moment, securing a break when Daniil sprayed a forehand error to take the opener 7-5 after 42 minutes.
In the Paris Masters final, Daniil Medvedev defeated Alexander Zverev in three sets.
The Russian raised his level in set number two, dropping four points behind the initial shot and challenging the German to follow those numbers.
At 4-4, Daniil forced a mistake from Alexander to earn a break and held at love to force a decider. With momentum on his side, the Russian saved all four break chances in the final set, securing three breaks to leave the German behind and claim the title.
Alexander netted a volley to lose serve at the beginning of the set, squandering those four break opportunities in game two and standing no chance by the end of the encounter. Daniil secured another break in game three and moved over the top with a return game at 5-1 following Alexander's double fault.
"Once you get a bit tight against Medvedev, he wears you down. He makes you run and move. And, yeah, as I said, the Mannarino match wore me down because he is a similar kind of player to Medvedev. He plays very flat, and it's very long rallies all the time.
Against Daniil, you don't have free points, and that was a bit difficult; I have to give credit to him; he's a great player. It's his first tournament win of the season. I know his season wasn't the easiest one, whereas I have to say my season is going quite well.
We will see how it goes in London. I'm happy with my tennis. I need to recover a bit physically," Alexander Zverev said.