Alexander Zverev, with 59 Tour victories, took the title match away from the Russian, denying him the opportunity to work on his strength. Zverev played in the middle and restricted his opponent’s use of angles, limiting the 25-year-old’s ground play as he sizzled in open spaces.
The 24-year-old, ranked No.3 and who knocked out world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, followed with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Medvedev, in which he ended five losses. streak and tied the head-to-head record at 6-6.
If the Nitto ATP Finals have shown anything, it’s that the next generation of ATP was ready to end the domination of the 20 big winners – Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Zverev, who won two ATP Masters 1000 crowns in Madrid and Cincinnati and won gold in singles at the Tokyo Olympics, in addition to triumphing in Acapulco and Vienna, has now won 32 of his last 36 games since Wimbledon.
The German, one of the first players of his generation to establish himself on the professional scene, is considering the new season hoping to set the record straight.
“Why not, right?” He answered the question with a question, when asked if he was any closer than ever to winning a Grand Slam title. “I sort of succeeded at all levels and one thing is missing. I hope I can do it next year.”
World number 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who retired from the ATP final Nitto with an arm injury, as well as Austria’s Dominic Thiem who will return to the sport in 2022 with hopes that his long injury to his right wrist will end. is sufficiently repaired – with Medvedev and Zverev, are the players to beat.
Medvedev said his generation of players are on the right track.
“My coach would laugh and tell me that when there was (Bjorn) Borg and (John) McEnroe, when they were about to end their careers, everyone was like, ‘tennis is over’, we won’t have never great players, it’s over, “said Medvedev. “We had some, (Pete) Sampras, (André) Agassi, they were at the top. Sampras retired and then again tennis is over.”
“Then we had Novak, Roger and Rafa. If you were to ask right before they came, everyone would say, well, tennis won’t be interesting anymore,” he said. “Tennis is a great sport so I don’t see why our generation would miss anything.”
Medvedev added: “Maybe we won’t win 20 Grand Slam tournaments, but nobody did it before Roger, Rafa and Novak. So they were as worse than them, if you can put it like that. It certainly won’t be a shame. ”
“I can only speak for myself,” said the Russian. “I’m going to try to do my best, try to win more titles, try to be in the finals of the big tournaments.”