With Zverev flying excessive, Djokovic’s dominance could be tested next year – Turin News
Zverev, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games gold medallist, completed his 2021 season in one of the best ways potential when he claimed his second Nitto ATP Finals trophy, signalling what could be a fair greater 2022 for the 24-year-old star.
Zverev is flying excessive after beating world No.2 Medvedev within the Turin closing and could now be poised to chase Djokovi’s No. 1 spot within the ATP Rankings alongside Medvedev next year.
“(Things) couldn’t be much better, to be honest. I’m obviously happy with how the season went. I’m happy with the finish of the season,” Zverev mentioned.
“It was obviously a great year. To capture the title here has been incredible. Give me the trophy!”
When the ATP Rankings are launched afterward Monday, Djokovic can have a lead of practically 3,000 factors over Medvedev and practically 4,000 over Zverev. But with three main titles — Australian Open, French Open and the Wimbledon — to defend in 2022 and two rising stars in nice kind, the Serbian can have his fingers full in 2022.
Since the beginning of the Tokyo Olympics, Zverev has performed the perfect tennis of his profession, profitable 32 of his 36 matches to shut his season. He earned the singles gold in Tokyo, his fifth ATP Masters 1000 crown in Cincinnati and his second Nitto ATP Finals trophy. Of his 4 losses throughout that stretch, three have come towards Djokovic (1) and Medvedev (2).
The previous two days have proven that when the German is firing, there aren’t any shortcomings in his sport. Zverev outplayed Djokovic from the baseline within the Nitto ATP Finals semifinals and out-served Medvedev within the title conflict.
At this year’s Nitto ATP Finals, he performed fearless tennis and received 61 per cent of his second-serve factors towards the perfect gamers on the earth. Entering the week, he had solely received 50 per cent of factors behind his second supply on the year.
“You go into the match knowing that you’re playing one of the two best players in the world. I knew that I had to play my best tennis to beat him,” Zverev informed atptennis.com after defeating Medvedev. “I did that. I think I played a very good match. I’m happy with my level. I’m happy with the performance I had.”
Zverev misplaced a match in Turin this week, however that was in a closing-set tie-break towards Medvedev, who pushed Djokovic for year-end No. 1 this year earlier than the 34-year-old clinched a file seventh year-end No. 1 end throughout the Paris Masters.
But there may be motive to consider next year could be a fair tighter race for the highest spot. Medvedev lifted his first main trophy on the US Open, defeating Djokovic within the closing, and Zverev has additionally confirmed match for the most important matches.
In the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics, Zverev halted Djokovic’s desires of a Golden Slam. In Turin, he confronted the daunting job of taking part in Djokovic and Medvedev in again-to-again matches, and he handed the take a look at with flying colors to turn out to be the fourth participant in match historical past to earn semifinal and closing wins over the world’s high two gamers. He is the primary to take action since 1990.
Sunday’s victory additionally gave Zverev probably the most titles for anybody this year with six, and his 59 tour-degree victories are at the moment greatest on Tour. The solely factor the German has not completed is main glory, and the 2020 US Open finalist has his sights set on altering that next year.
“I have succeeded on every single level, and there’s one thing missing,” Zverev mentioned. “I hope I can do that next year.”