LONDON, November 16, 2019
Defending champion Alexander Zverev defeated Daniil Medvedev to reach the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals at the expense of year-end World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. The No. 7 seed from Germany, who needed to win this match to reach the last four of the season finale, won 6-4, 7-6(4) in the final match of the round-robin stage at London’s O2 Arena.
Zverev fired 10 aces and won 78 per cent of his first-service points to prevail after one hour and 18 minutes.
Super performance from @AlexZverev 💪
The defending champion defeats Medvedev 6-4, 7-6 to clinch the final spot in the semis at the #NittoATPFinals!
— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 15, 2019
“I’m in the semis again, this arena is where I play my best tennis. We don’t play in this atmosphere anywhere else in the world. Today because Daniil had nothing to lose he could just enjoy it, but for me it was must-win. He’s been the best player since the summer so all credit to him, it’s been an unbelievable season for him. Next year he’s going to be very dangerous as well,” Zverev said.
The defending champion from Germany will face Austrian Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals on Saturday, with Nadal’s back-to-back comeback wins against Medvedev and the already-qualified Stefanos Tsitsipas proving fruitless.