And yet, Zverev never stopped winning … Daniil Medvedev, 24 years old and No. 5 in ATP, ended a series of twelve victories for the German in a month (5-7, 6- 4, 6-1). Despite a late round, the Russian, more solid in the exchange, with a more varied game, never panicked to turn things around. Gilles Cervara’s protégé, almost French by dint of having been trained on the Côte d’Azur, thus offered himself his first Parisian trophy. The third in Masters 1000 after Cincinnati and Shanghai last year.
Dull atmosphere in the first round, and not only because of the absence of an audience at the Accor Arena. The two players have indeed chained their service games without striking a blow and without leaving the opponent the slightest opportunity to break. Not surprisingly given their respective matches this week and the quality of their first ball. So it seemed inevitable that it would end in the tie-breaker. And yet … At 6-5, Zverev, more efficient in return, did not miss the opportunity to turn in the lead on his third set point on a forehand from the Russian completely unscrewed.
Different scenario from the start of the second set with an extended game of 15 minutes to 1-1 on the service of the German, punctuated by good tussles from the baseline … and four break points saved as the boss before concluding in the volley on a twist of luck after three rejected smashes.
Rider alone in the last set
Much less conquering on his commitment, Zverev ended up cracking at 4-4 on a too long backhand, leaving the field open to the next world No.4 (he will overtake Federer in the standings on Monday morning) to return to a set all over an ace .
In the third round, Medvedev, a little fresher physically and mentally, this time was able to make the difference from the start by breaking white on a ghostly game from the German. Not the royal road so far because he had to dismiss four debreak balls in the next game.
But the seeded n ° 3 continued his work of undermining the baseline against a short-breathed Zverev who quickly resigned. And who ended up giving up on a sad double fault … The two men now have an appointment in a week at the London Masters, which brings together the eight best players of the season.
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