TURIN/STARNBERG, November 21, 2021
Following his triumph in London 2018, Alexander Zverev has claimed his second Nitto ATP Finals title. The No. 3 seed from Germany defeated World No. 2 and reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev of Russia 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy.
Zverev struck eight aces and won 83 per cent of his first-service points to secure victory in one hour and 15 minutes.
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Zverev, who edged out seven-time year-end No. 1 and five-time winner Novak Djokovic in the stage of the final four, became the fourth player in tournament history to earn semi-final and final wins over the Top-two players in the ATP Rankings (Ivan Lendl in 1982, Stefan Edberg in 1989, Andre Agassi in 1990).
“It was great,” Zverev said in his on-court interview. “I won the [Nitto ATP] Finals, in the final against someone I had lost five times in a row, so I had to play one of my best matches. I am happy about that and happy to go on holiday with this win.”
The World No. 3 pocketed $2,143,000 in prize money as well as 1,300 ATP Rankings points for a 4-1 record this week in Turin.
Herbert/Mahut claim doubles title
Earlier in the day, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut captured their second Nitto ATP Finals doubles title in three years. The No. 3 seeds from France beat No. 2 seeds Rajeev Ram from the United States and Briton Joe Salisbury 6-4, 7-6(0) in one hour and 31 minutes.
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“It is an amazing feeling winning here for a second time,” said Mahut. “We lost to them in the round robin, when they played amazing, and today we knew we had to play our best level. I think we played out best match of the week. Finishing the season like this is a great achievement.”
Herbert added: “They were playing really well on our break points, but we were pushing hard the whole match. We went to the tie-break and for sure there was a bit of stress, but Nico de-stressed me with a great return on the first point. Nico is playing better and better with age.”