Alexander Zverev: 'I was dead in the final set against Daniil Medvedev'

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Alexander Zverev: 'I was dead in the final set against Daniil Medvedev'

Alexander Zverev was an inch away from lifting the first Major title at the US Open in September, wasting his chances and losing to Dominic Thiem in the deciding tie break. The young Italian Jannik Sinner toppled the German in four sets at Roland Garros, with Zerev traveling to Cologne for two ATP 250 indoor events.

The German scored eight wins on the home ground, beating Felix Auger-Aliassime and Diego Schwartzman in the title matches and heading to Paris with a boost. Alexander had to dig deep against the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino to stay on the French capital title course, setting the second consecutive indoor clash against Rafael Nadal.

Like at the ATP Finals in November 2019, Alexander toppled Rafa 6-4, 7-5 to advance into the seventh Masters 1000 final, facing Daniil Medvedev in the battle for the fourth Masters 1000 trophy. Despite a great run, Zverev hoped for straight-sets triumph against Medvedev, struggling physically and having not enough fuel to push for three sets.

Alexander made a promising start and led 7-5, 4-3 before the Russian took charge, rattling off nine of the final ten games to cross the finish line and celebrate the third Masters 1000 trophy. Daniil fired 35 winners and 25 unforced errors to control the rallies in the second part of the clash, beating Alexander in the mid-range and most extended exchanges and fending off six out of seven break points.

Zverev lost ground in the second set's closing stages, suffering three breaks in the decider to finish with the runner-up prize.

At the Paris Masters, Daniil Medvedev won nine of the final ten games vs. Zverev.

Both players served well in the opening 11 games before Zverev secured a break when Medvedev sprayed a forehand error to take the opener 7-5.

The Russian dropped four points behind the initial shot in set number two and scored a break at 4-4 to move in front, wrapping up the set with a hold at love. With momentum on his side, Daniil saved all four break chances in the decider, securing three breaks to leave the German behind and claim the title.

"I was tired at the end of the second set; I was dead. The third set was always going to be difficult for me. I had an extremely physical match against Mannarino, which wore me down a lot. I didn't have quite the energy to finish it off.

I knew that I had to win in two sets, and once I lost the second set, I knew it was going to be difficult, especially against Daniil, who is not somebody wild but very composed. He's going to make you run for every point. Yeah, it was difficult at the end," Alexander Zverev said.