[Epoch Times November 22, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Wang Yezhi comprehensive report) On November 21, local time, at the ATP 2021 finals in Turin, Italy, German expert Alexander Zverev (Alexander Zverev) In straight sets, he defeated the defending champion and Russian star Dmitry Medvedev (Dmitry Medvedev) 6-4/6-4, and won the men’s singles championship in the year-end finals again after 2018.
The ATP World Tour Finals (ATP World Tour Finals) is hosted by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). The eight best performers that year are eligible to participate. The eight players were divided into two groups, each group of four players, in a single round of competition, the top two in each group advanced, and then the elimination round, semi-final winners entered the finals to compete for the final title.
The eight players who advanced to the finals this year were divided into red and green groups. Green group: Djokovic, Sisipas, Lublev, Rudd; Red group: Medvedev, Zverev, Beretini, Hurkacs. As a result, Djokovic and Rudd in the green group qualified smoothly; Medvedev and Zverev in the red group advanced.
In the semifinals, Medvedev did not send out a break point, defeating Norwegian Rudd 6-4/6-2, making it to the final for the second consecutive year; Zverev played a game in 2 hours and 28 minutes. After the three-set battle, he defeated the world No. 1 Djokovic 7-6(4)/4-6/6-3 and advanced to the final of the year-end finals for the second time in his career.
This is the 35-year-old Djokovic missed the ATP year-end finals for six consecutive years. But anyway, for Djokovic, this year is a memorable year for him. At the beginning of the year, the Australian Open completed three consecutive championships for the second time, followed by the top of the French Open again in 2016, and then again at Wimbledon for the sixth time. Be the king. Serbia’s world champion became the second player in history to win the Grand Slam on hard, clay and grass in the same year since Nadal in 2010.
Zverev wins the finals again
In this final, the two former champions, Zverev and Medvedev, met each other. This is also the first time two players under the age of 25 compete for the championship after the 2005 Finals were staged between the 23-year-old Nalbandian and the 24-year-old Federer. The two have played against each other ten times before, and the record is evenly matched; but in the last five times, Medvedev has maintained a complete victory and has almost become the nemesis of Zverev.
In the first set, Zverev continued the state he had when defeating Djokovic in the semifinals, breaking serve in the third game. Since then, the two sides have entered their respective rhythms of serving, Zverev relied on his serve advantage to firmly hold his serve, winning 6-4 first. Statistics show that Zverev’s first serve was very good, with a success rate of 72% and a scoring rate of 89%. Both statistics are far ahead of the opponent.
In the second set, Zverev broke serve at the start and took a 2-0 lead. After that, he has maintained his advantage and did not give his opponent a chance to make another set 6-4. In the end, Zverev Ricky defending champion Medvedev won the year-end finals for the second time after 2018. Throughout the game, Zverev scored 8 Ace balls and 23 winning points, without giving his opponent a chance to break serve.
The new generation of players is gradually rising
As Djokovic missed the final again, the “Big Three” had been unable to win the championship trophy in the year-end finals for six years. In fact, the title of “Big Three” has existed in name only. After two operations, it is difficult for Federer, who is 40 years old, to make a difference; 35-year-old Nadal is recovering from his injury and is defending his “back garden”-the French Open, the primary goal of the Spanish football king; three Djokovic, who is only 34 years old, maintains the best state.
In recent years, post-90s players-Medvedev, Zverev, Tim and Sisipas have accelerated the transition from rising stars to top players. Among the four, Tim was the first to break out. After losing three Grand Slam finals, last year, the US Open won the first Grand Slam championship of the new generation; this year, Medvedev defeated Djokovic at the US Open and achieved the Grand Mansion. Zero breakthrough; Zverev became the fourth in history to win the top two champions in the semifinals and finals of the year-end finals; Sisipas broke into this year’s French Open finals. It is expected that competition in men’s tennis next year will be more open. This is also what fans like to see.
Editor in charge: Zheng Huang