Alexander Zverev secured his 55th victory of the season at the ATP Finals in Turin, beating his friend and junior doubles partner Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-4. Zverev sealed the deal in an hour and 41 minutes, notching his second win this week but failing to make the semi-final, with Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz reaching the last four.
Zverev toppled Rublev for the sixth time in nine duels, the first since Cincinnati 2021. The German fired ten aces and kept his second serve safe. Alexander erased three out of four break points and stole Andrey's serve three times from seven opportunities following a dominant display on the second serve return.
Zverev hit 22 winners and 13 unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and welcoming almost 30 unforced mistakes from his rival. The German fired 25 service winners and had the upper hand in the shortest exchanges up to four strokes.
The Russian played better in the mid-range and the most extended ones, but it was not enough to keep him competitive.
Alexander Zverev ousted Andrey Rublev in the final RR match in Turin.
Andrey made a reliable start and broke Alexander in the encounter's second game after a forced error.
Zverev responded with a break in game three, seizing the third break point and returning to the positive side. The German leveled the score at 2-2 with a service winner and created a break chance in the next one after the Russian's loose forehand.
Rublev claimed a rare point on his second serve and denied it with a forehand drive-volley winner. Zverev squandered a game point in the next one and faced two break points. He denied them with powerful backhands and held after the rival's forehand error for 3-3.
Andrey served at 4-4 and experienced a massive blow. He blew three game points and sprayed a backhand error to fall 5-4 behind, allowing Alexander to serve for the set. The German trailed 30-0 before taking four straight points, securing the opener after the Russian's loose forehand with 61 minutes on the clock.
They served well early in the second set, reaching 3-3 in no time. Rublev experienced issues in game seven, defending the first break point before falling on the second after a wild forehand that sealed his fate. Zverev cemented the break with a hold at 15 in game eight, forcing Rublev to serve to stay in the match.
Andrey fired a strong serve, bringing it home and reducing the deficit. Alexander served for the victory at 5-4 and landed three booming serves for three match points. He seized the third with another service winner, ending his season in style despite not reaching the last four.
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