Defending champion Daniil Medvedev moved closer to the semi-finals of the ATP Final after defeating 2018 champion Alexander Zverev on Tuesday to two out of two wins in Turin.
Medvedev, who won the US Open in September for his first Grand Slam title, took just over 2.5 hours to beat Zverev 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6) and get closer to the German. on a round of 56 wins.
He leads the red group and will be assured of a place in the bottom four if first-time qualifier Hubert Hurkacz defeats local favorite Matteo Berrettini later on Tuesday.
Berrettini retired against Zverev on Sunday with an apparent abdominal injury and, if he’s not fit enough, could be replaced by Jannik Sinner, another Italian, who is the first substitute.
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Aided by quick conditions inside the Pala Alpitour, Medvedev served 14 aces and Zverev 18.
Medvedev fought from the start, fending off three break points in his first two service games, but also shattering Zverev to take a 3-0 lead. The world number 2 won the first set with a delicious backhand all down the line.
The victory seemed to be on time in the second set as Medvedev lost just two points in his first five service games. But Zverev held on and saved three break points to force the tiebreaker the German won.
In the deciding set, Medvedev had to save a break point to prevent Zverev from serving for the game, and he won the tiebreaker on his third match point when Zverev scored a backhand.