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Medvedev clinches ATP finals semifinal berth with gritty win over Zverev

Posted : 16 November 2023
In a commanding display, third seed Daniil Medvedev secured his spot in the ATP Finals semi-finals with a hard-fought straight-sets victory over Alexander Zverev in Turin. The Russian triumphed 7-6(7), 6-4, marking his second consecutive straight-sets win at the Nitto ATP Finals.
Medvedev's clinical performance extended his overall record against Zverev to 11-7 and 5-1 for the season. Having defeated Andrey Rublev in his opening match, Medvedev now gears up to face world No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals.
Medvedev's breakthrough came with a crucial break in the opening game, setting the tone for a dominant start. Despite Zverev's resurgence, Medvedev showcased resilience, particularly in a 32-shot rally, securing a vital hold to halt his opponent's momentum.
The intense battle led to a tie-break, where Zverev initially gained an advantage before Medvedev's strategic play turned the tide. The Russian ultimately claimed the set with a mix of powerful hitting and capitalizing on Zverev's errors.
The second set witnessed a swift exchange of comfortable holds, with neither player conceding a break point in the opening six games. Zverev had a fleeting opportunity when Medvedev dropped a shot into the net at 5-4, but a subsequent backhand error cost him the chance.
Undeterred, Medvedev seized a match point with a precision backhand, securing victory as Zverev shanked a forehand long. Medvedev acknowledged the mental toughness required in the tight contest, expressing satisfaction with his ability to regroup and emerge victorious in crucial moments.
Reflecting on the challenging match, Medvedev highlighted the mental resilience that enabled him to navigate critical junctures and secure the win. This victory positions him well in the ATP Finals, emphasizing his capability to prevail in tight situations and maintain his winning form.


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