Alexander Zverev Master also in 2021! The German dismisses the reigning champion Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals 2021 in Turin, and he repeats the success achieved in 2018 in London, becoming the fourth man in history, after Lendl in 1982, Edberg in 1989 and Agassi in 1990, to beat the first in the end-of-year appointment two world players in the last two games of the tournament.
Sascha gained confidence as the tournament progressed, drawing a lot from the wins over Novak Djokovic in yesterday’s semifinal, while Medvedev looked much worse than we are used to. The Russian abdicates after 9 consecutive victories in the ATP Finals and does so in two sets that are never really questioned.
Zverev is good and lucky to place the first push of the match already at 1-1: the German goes 0-40 with a super backhand and on the second occasion he is rewarded with a deadly ribbon for Medvedev. This is enough for the German to win the set: the administration of the batting turns is impeccable, without flaws, without giving a minimum chance to capitalize on the break caught at the start at 6-4 which arrives, on time, after 33 minutes.
To open the second set a replica of what was seen in the first fraction: Zverev again to hammer with his backhand, again a chance in response for the German and again an error of the number two in the world, forced to start with a handicap.
Medvedev is a faded relative of the round robin one and the number of aces testifies to this: 14 the other day, just 3 today. As already seen throughout the match, Zverev is untouchable at the service: without conceding the shadow of a break point, Sascha stamps the second 6-4 with which he returns to beat Medvedev after 5 consecutive knockouts and graduates Master for the second time.
In the doubles, the couple formed by Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herber triumphed. The French duo beat the Ram-Salisbury duo in two sets, avenging the defeat suffered a few days ago in the round robin.
Roger Federer expresses solidarity to Peng Shuai
In recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the Shuai Peng's issue.
The Chinese player accused former Deputy Prime Minister and member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Politburo Zhang Gaoli of violence and rape. Shuai spoke clearly of abuse and a forced relationship that would have forced her to spend dark and sad years.
From the moment she decided to publicly expose herself on the Weibo social network, Peng literally disappeared until a strange letter came to the WTA. A letter released only by the Chinese state channel CGTN. "Hello everyone, this is Peng Shuai.
Regarding what is published on the WTA website, the content has not been approved nor has my consent for publication. The news contained in that statement, including the rape allegations, are not true. I haven't disappeared and I'm not in danger.
I'm just home and resting, thank you so much for caring about me. If the WTA intends to publish more news about me, please contact me directly." The ATP, the WTA, the players have shown their concerns towards Peng and the last one to expose himself, directly to the microphones of Sky Sport Italia, was Roger Federer.
The Swiss Maestro said: "She was number 1 in the world, regardless of this I hope she is well. The whole tennis family is gathered around her. I am attached to all players and female players. I hope that good news will come from her soon and that she is well."
The WTA, with Steve Simon, has already threatened China with terminating its employment relationship." We are prepared to withdraw our businesses and face all the complications that follow. Because rape charges are more important than business." We will see if there will be any news on the case in the next few hours.