Daniil Medvedev lifted his third trophy at a Masters 1000 tournament on Sunday, overcoming Alexander Zverev 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 to win the Paris title at the Bercy arena.
The Russian’s victory in just over two hours prevented his German opponent from winning a third consecutive ATP title after going back-to-back last month in Cologne.
Medvedev becomes the fourth man from his country to win the event as he produced a third-set sweep to claim success. He now stands 3-1 in Masters title matches.
Medvedev claimed the trophy as a fatigued Zverev double-faulted on the Russian’s match point.
” I’m really happy with the win here, my level of game was really top level this week.,” Medvedev said.
“It’s not easy for guys to play against me when I’m playing like this.
“Today was a really tight match. After the first set I didn’t know actually what to do, because I had zero breakpoints.
“I didn’t feel good returning his serve, I got a little bit tight, feeling like the match could slip out of my hands.
“It it was a really tight match where both could be the winners. So I’m really happy to win it.”
Zverv said he was exhausted after his run of recent wins and a tough week on court in the capital.
“I was tired, at the end of the second set I was dead,” the losing finalist said. . “The third set was always going to be very difficult for me.
“I didn’t have quite the energy to finish it off. I knew I had to win in two sets.
“Once I lost the second set I knew it was going to be difficult, especially against him. He’s gonna make you run – it was difficult at the end.”
Both men will proceed to the eight-player ATP Finals in London starting in a week, another event which will be played without fans during the COVID-19 emergency.
Medvedev had lost five of six matches against Zverev but reversed that trend with 14 aces and four breaks of serve. The winner saved six of seven break points against his serve.
The 24-year-old Russian also holds Masters trophies from Cincinnati and Shanghai last season.
Medvedev joins countrymen Marat Safin, Nikolay Davydenko and Karen Khachanov on the Paris title list; Medevdev lifted his eight career title to improve to 23-10 on the season.
Zverev came to the final with a 12-match winning streak entering his seventh career ATP Masters 1000 final (3-3).