Defending champion Daniil Medvedev advanced to his second straight Rolex Paris Masters final on Saturday by ending Alexander Zverev’s eight-game winning streak, beating the German 6-2, 6-2.
The second seed climbed to the title in Paris 12 months ago and positioned himself to lift the trophy again in the French capital as he dictated Zverev with his flat groundstrokes to advance after 80 minutes.
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Medvedev saved all three break points he faced and soaked up the German’s powerful strikes, committing just eight unforced errors to tie their ATP Head2Head streak at 5-5. With his victory, the Russian has now won his last four encounters against Zverev, including last year’s league game in Paris.
“We had a tough game,” Medvedev said. “Sometimes the score doesn’t show exactly what happened on the pitch. I’m happy to have that score, but it was 2-1, 15/40 in the first set on my serve. I think this first serve break when you play against Sascha is really important because he gains confidence, I’m really happy that I managed to raise my level throughout the game and I didn’t make too many unforced errors.
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The world number 2 is aiming for his second ATP Masters 1000 crown of the season, after triumphing in Toronto in August. The 25-year-old also won his first major US Open title in September and won trophies in Marseille and Mallorca earlier this year.
Medvedev will face Novak Djokovic in the final after the Serbian defeats Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5). The 34-year-old’s victory secured him seventh place in the year-end FedEx ATP rankings, eclipsing the mark he previously shared with Pete Sampras.
“What is good at the moment, if I play against Novak, it means that we are in the final,” added Medvedev. “Except [Nitto] ATP Finals where it may be different. It’s always hard to beat Novak. To beat him you have to be at your best, so that’s what I’m going to try to do tomorrow.
Zverev has been in dominant form since the start of the Tokyo Olympics, where he won the gold in singles. The world number 4 has won 28 of his last 31 games, also triumphing in Cincinnati in his run. However, the 24-year-old couldn’t find his best form against a relentless Medvedev.