World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev acknowledged that winning the Paris Masters prior to the Nitto ATP Finals lifted his confidence and that was evident in his opener at The O2 Arena against Alexander Zverev. Medvedev, who beat Zverev over a week ago for the Paris Masters crown, kicked off his Nitto ATP Finals campaign with a straight-set win over Zverev 6-3 6-4.
"Confidence is the key, for sure. Winning an [ATP] Masters  always helps for the confidence,” Medvedev said, per the Nitto ATP Finals website. “I knew that I can play good. It was a little bit shaky from both of us in the beginning from one [point] of view, but from the other [point] of view, I think there were some unbelievable points.
To be honest, the intensity of the match was one of the most [intense] I had in my career." Medvedev, who claimed his first title of the season in Paris, entered the match fully focused and locked in. "When you play a Top 10 opponent [in the] first match of the tournament, you have to be there all the time," Medvedev said.
"That is what I managed to do, actually. I just lost one service [game] in the first game of the match. Finally, when you win it, you can say, ‘Okay, that was just the start.’ I am happy about my [performance]”.
Medvedev pulled off an underarm serve
"I didn’t want to disrespect him in any way. That is why I did it at 30/30 [and] not at 40/0,” Medvedev said. “Before the serve, my wide serve was not working as well as I would have liked it to today and he was returning good.
So I was like, ‘I’m going to go for the T, probably.’ Then I saw that he was like five metres behind the baseline and I had the ball close to my racquet. So I am like, ‘Okay, go for it.’ That was the move, just to win the point.
"It actually worked, he made a good ball back, because he could have missed it. It could have even been an ace, but I am happy that it worked because that is also smart”. Meanwhile, world No. 7 Zverev was clearly unhappy with his performance.
"My serve wasn’t quite there today. All in all, it wasn’t a good match from me. After the restart, it was one of my worst matches," Zverev said after the loss, per Nikolaus Fink.