WATCH: Alexander Zverev destroys Carlos Alcaraz! The Highlights

The German defeated the Spaniard in his first round match at the ATP Finals

by Lorenzo Ciotti
WATCH: Alexander Zverev destroys Carlos Alcaraz! The Highlights
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Alexander Zverev beat Carlos Alcaraz in three amazing sets, achieving the first victory in his group at the ATP Finals in Turin. Carlitos, on the other hand, is confirmed to be in a period of less than optimal psycho-physical shape.

After five consecutive participations and two historic successes, a serious ankle injury prevented Alexander Zverev from fighting for a place at the ATP Finals in 2022. The German effectively ended his season early at the Roland Garros with the aim of recovering 100% from a physical point of view.

Zverev recovered ground and underwent a long period of rehabilitation. All the efforts paid off in Paris-Bercy, when he won the pass for the current edition of the Masters Tournament. The German could not have wished for a better debut, because he defeated Carlos Alcaraz with a score of 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, completing a magnificent comeback.

Only in 2020 did he not experience a winning debut at the Finals due to the defeat inflicted on him by Daniil Medvedev.

Zverev beat Alcaraz, the highlights

The German started the match better, capable of exploiting the effectiveness of the first and breaking Alcaraz at 1-1.

The Spaniard's reaction, however, was not long in coming and overwhelmed Zverev who lost the serve to zero in the sixth game and suffered a sensational lob on the opening point. Alcaraz managed to save himself in the next game by erasing four break points, including three consecutive ones.

At 5-6, it was Zverev's turn to work overtime to grab the tie-break. The 26-year-old canceled three set points, the last with the complicity of his rival who committed a very serious error at the net. Alcaraz's extraordinary defensive phase made the difference in the tie-break.

The first two games of the second set definitely changed the face of the match. The Spaniard sent a comfortable forehand over the baseline on the chance offered to him by Zverev. The German took the lead by taking advantage of another free throw from his rival.

From that moment on, the current number 7 in the ATP ranking dusted off a deluxe format serve and prevented Alcaraz from getting closer. Zverev continued to be rough and tumble with his serve. Alcaraz alternating incredible plays with unusual errors.

The Spaniard took away the dangers in the third game; not in the sixth, leaving Zverev's response on the break point due to an incorrect evaluation. A fall scared Zverev and his team, but the German reassured everyone and started pushing again without problems.

When he served for the match, Zverev avoided the counter break with the usual first charge and raised his arms to the sky in victory. Below the highlights shared by Tennis TV YouTube page:

Alexander Zverev Carlos Alcaraz Atp Finals