Djokovic-Medvedev rematch in Paris Masters final


World number two Daniil Medvedev demolished Alexander Zverev 6-2 6-2 in the Paris Masters semi-final on Saturday, setting up a rematch of the US Open final against Novak Djokovic.

The Russian drew six aces and won nearly 80% of his first serve points to keep his chances of winning back-to-back titles in the French capital. Zverev produced four double faults and lost his temper in the second set, breaking his racket with the Russian until a break. Medvedev was almost flawless throughout the game, saving all three break points.

“When you win 6-2 6-2 you definitely don’t need to change anything,” he said.

He will face Djokovic for the 10th time after the world number one defeated Polish seventh seed Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 6-0 7-6 (5) in the other semi-final.

The Russian ended Djokovic’s hopes of winning all four Grand Slam titles in 2021 when he beat the Serbian in the US Open final in September to win his first major.

“He plays fantastic tennis,” Djokovic told reporters. “He doesn’t miss much and serves a lot. He seems to find the rhythm. The Serb, who has already sealed the year-end world number one ranking for a record seventh, beat Medvedev in the Australian Open final in February and said the pair played a ” very tight training set. Before arriving in Paris.

“The last time we played he overpowered me,” said Djokovic. “I hope I can turn things around this time.” Medvedev, 25, said he was thrilled with any opportunity to face the Grand Slam winner 20 times. “When I was young I watched him on TV. I remember the first Davis Cup meeting. It was magical,” Medvedev said. “It’s always a wide range of emotions when I play it. . “


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