Daniil Medvedev came back to success in the AtP Tour just on the eve of the London Finals, by beating in three sets Alexander Zverev in the final of the ATP Rolex Paris Masters, in Paris-Bercy. In the penultimate, true, seasonal appointment he wakes up from the torpor accumulated in the summer months.
The Russian joins Marat Safin (2002 and 2004), Nikolay Davydenko (2006) and Karen Khachanov (2018) in the national list and in the Paris-Indoor adds pearl number eight to the series of titles and reaches three in the category of Alexander Zverev .
At least a finalist in four of the six tournaments played since the restart (and back from twelve consecutive victories among others) which, however, dies completely, and probably understandably, in the heart of the second set.
The final 5-7 6-3 6-1 against the German tennis player is therefore in some way emblematic. Below the highlights of the Parisian ATP Masters 1000 between Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev.
The service is, as in the logic of things, the undisputed master of the inaugural fraction.
Zverev wins almost 90% of the points with the first ball, even if it is Medvedev who scores the number nine on the aces line. "Sascha" looks to 30-30 in the third game, the Russian manages to push himself to 15-30 (when the luminous scoreboard is stationary at 3-3) but above all to find the way of advantages for the first time thanks to one splendid backhand loop.
When logic seems to push for the tie break, Medvedev misses a handful of choices with the forehand and above all attacks without too much conviction at 0-30. The Russian tries to restore the advantage with the straight serve, but still loses control of the strong shot at 30-40 and sends "Sascha" in the lead.
Medvedev obviously tries to make some small improvements to the tactical plan. To file (and limit) the number of unforced errors from the baseline, to respond more consistently on the weak side. Zverev, who concedes something, is forced to cancel even four break points (the first in the whole match, a lot) during the third game.
To houses? Not at all. The Russian takes a step towards the back line even at 4-4 and with a splendid solution of touching at 30-30 he gets the chance to put his head forward. Pushing it to third with a zero shift is practically a formality.
The game completely changes skin. With the gasoline hand close to red, the German practically has time to move the zero from the game box after a partial eight of seven consecutive games. Little else. Medvedev, who simply keeps the ball in the field, crosses the finish line after just over two hours and returns to success just a week before the London Finals.