For the second time in a row, Alexander Zverev will compete in the semi-final of the ATP Finals after a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Daniil Medvedev in an hour and 18 minutes. Thus, world no. 1 Rafael Nadal is out of the competition despite scoring two triumphs, becoming the first player since David Ferrer in 2012 to "achieve" that feat and staying away from the title hunt just like world no.
2 Novak Djokovic. It was the fifth victory for Zverev over Medvedev in six encounters, winning three points more than the Russian and never offering a break chance. On the other hand, Daniil delivered a rock-solid performance on both the first and second serve, suffering only one break in the opener and dropping the second set tie break to leave London with three losses.
Alexander had 21 winners and 19 unforced errors while Daniil stood on an 18-16 ratio, with the German having the upper hand in the shortest range up to four strokes while and the Russian who grabbed more extended rallies to stay neck and neck until the very end.
The first and only break of the clash came in the very first game when Daniil netted a backhand, with Zverev losing only seven points in his games to take the set 6-4 after only 33 minutes, hoping for more of the same in set number two.
The returners barely won a point in the opening eight games of the second set before Daniil blasted an ace at 4-4 to fend off a break chance, reaching a tie break that Alexander claimed 7-4 with an ace, celebrating another big step on the title defense course and setting the semi-final clash against Dominic Thiem on Saturday.