Final with modern classic and a champion for the second time

Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev face off this Sunday (17:00, #Vamos) in the grand final of the ATP Finals, the Masters Cup that this year has opened its headquarters. The Pala Alpitour in Turin will be the setting for a match that can already be considered a modern classic, since both have met eleven times with a balance in favor of the Russian 6-5. It will be the third time they meet with a title at stake, they did it at the Masters 1,000 in Shanghai 2019 and Paris-Bercy 2020, and Medvedev won.

They come to the meeting quite differently. Zverev had to deal with the number one in the world and perform at 200% to surpass him, since he arrived fit and happy. He beat him in 2h28, with suffering, a lot of effort and a fantastic performance both with the serve, as well as the rest and in the long exchanges. Medvedev, meanwhile, easily beat Casper Ruud, in 79 minutes and smoothly.

He goes to the appointment, therefore, the Muscovite a little fresher and knowing what to expect. “Sascha? We just played a few days ago. It is difficult to say something special. Great serve, great shots … “, he just said before knowing if he would be his rival. “I’m looking forward to it because the last game was very close and I lost it. I want to have another chance. It will be difficult whatever happens,” said the Teutonic. The face to face also dominates it 3-0 this season. On Tuesday, in the group stage, he beat him in a quality match that was settled in the tiebreaker of the third set with many alternatives, which augurs another high-flying duel and very close.

Another who does not win the Big Three

What is certain is that the champion will be for the second time. If Daniil wins, he will be the first to repeat the title since Djokovic did it three times between 2012 and 2015. The winner will catch up with Bjorn Borg and Lleyton Hewitt in eighth place on the track record. It will be the sixth consecutive year that the award has not been taken by the Serbian, Nadal or Federer.

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