Rafael Nadal's curse continues at the Rolex Paris Masters, ATP Masters 1000 in Paris Bercy, one of the few tournaments he has never won in his career. The Spaniard gives in to an excellent Alexander Zverev who beats the Mallorcan for the second time in a row and thus reaches the final of the tournament.
The German wins a match that in the second set has taken on important psychological contours but in the end brings home a very important match that certifies the positive moment. Nadal, for his part, will now work towards the Finals at the end of the year, his last seasonal commitment.
The German got off to a good start and went ahead by a zero break in the third game of the first set. Both play at a great pace with Zverev making a series of consecutive winners and Nadal relies on his serve to keep up with the opponent's pace.
Zverev is unplayable on the serve, makes several aces and has a high percentage of firsts, few chances for Rafa and the first set ends at 6-4 for the German. In the second set we continue on the same path that sees the German break in the third game and a Nadal in clear difficulty.
In the sixth game Nadal has the first two break points and real chances in the match, but Zverev extends them thanks above all to a great point and thus moves to 4 to 2. In the following game Nadal cancels 4 break points (3 consecutive) and resists against a Zverev who plays in great condition.
Then the German makes a few mistakes too many, even a double fault and Nadal finds the break equalizing the score at 4-4. The match is heart-pounding and after a moment of difficulty Sascha returns to the game and has an important chance with the break ball on 5 all, Nadal strengthens and sends the ball out.
Zverev serves for the second time for the match and this time closes with the result of 6-4 7-5.
In the final he will challenge Daniil Medvedev
The other finalist is the Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev who respeced the predictions of the eve and he beat Milos Raonic with the result of 6-4; 7-6.
In the first set Daniil Medvedev puts the Canadian in great difficulty immediately, scores points of considerable depth and immediately breaks in the fifth game. At 4-2 the Russian has the chance to close but Raonic reacts and thanks to the service he recovers a very difficult game.
The Russian goes on keeping his service shifts and closes the set at 6-4. In the second set it goes on without problems until the eighth game where Medvedev first nullifies three break points with difficulty, especially on the third the Canadian could do more.
In the eleventh game Medvedev takes advantage of a few too many mistakes and finds the break. When the match seems to be over Medvedev makes several mistakes, wastes and brings the match to the tie break. Here the Russian goes 4-0 immediately, moves to 5-2 and after a timid reaction from Raonic closes the tie-break at 7-4. It ends 6-4; 7-6 with Medvedev returning to the final of an ATP Masters 1000.