Paris Alexander Zverev was denied the sixth title this year. In Paris, it was the end of the semifinals for the Olympic champion. But after the clear defeat against Daniil Medvedev, Zverev quickly found consolation.
The bitter semi-final clap against Daniil Medvedev was quickly ticked off for Alexander Zverev. Comforted by his girlfriend Sophia Thomalla, the Olympic champion turned his gaze to the ATP Finals shortly after the 2: 6, 2: 6 at the Masters 1000 event in Paris.
The last highlight of the season in Turin begins next Sunday, then Zverev wants to crown his successful year with his second title at the showdown of the eight best tennis professionals.
Until then, it is necessary to recharge the battery at Thomalla’s side after a long year of tennis. “Lost, but still won,” wrote Thomalla on Instagram about two photos of the new dream couple, on one of which she consoled Zverev with a kiss.
The 24-year-old had previously had no chance against Medvedev. Zverev’s exertions of the past few days were clearly noticeable, after winning the title in Vienna and three more victories in Paris, Germany’s best tennis player’s tank was simply empty. “I know that it will be difficult because I am physically just at the end,” Zverev had already said before the duel with Medvedev on Sky TV.
And the defending champion from Russia was actually simply too good for the worn out Zverev. The US Open Champion only needed 80 minutes for his well-deserved success. “It wasn’t quite as easy as the result says,” said Medvedev after his fourth win in a row against Zverev. In the final in the afternoon, the number two in the world will compete for the title in the French capital in a top duel with industry leader Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic hot for the next Paris title
Djokovic had defeated the Pole Hubert Hurkacz 3: 6, 6: 0, 7: 6 (7: 5) in his semifinals. It is therefore certain that the Serb will end the year as number one in the world for the seventh time. Nobody has done that before. “I’m just incredibly proud to finish the year as number one again,” said Djokovic. Most recently, he shared the record with the American Pete Sampras, who finished the season best six times in a row from 1993-1998.
For Djokovic, the event in Paris, endowed with around three million euros, is the first appearance since the lost US Open final against Medvedev in New York. After that, the 34-year-old took a break to recover physically and mentally. At the end of the tournament hunt around the globe, everyone wants to show their best tennis again in Turin. Also Zverev.
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