If Alexander Zverev’s performance this weekend is any indication, a lot can be expected from the world No 3 player in 2022.
The German beat the top two players in consecutive matches to earn his second title at the ATP Finals. After eliminating the No 1 Novak Djokovic over three sets in the semi-finals, Zverev put on a dominant performance in Sunday’s final, beating the world No 2 Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4.
The title is the culmination of quite a year for Zverev, who also won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and who has now finished 2021 with more wins on tour – 59, one more than Medvedev – than anyone else. The main thing missing in Zverev’s trophy collection is a grand slam trophy, having lost an epic final to Dominic Thiem in last year’s US Open.
Sunday’s final was a rematch of a round-robin encounter on Tuesday, when Medvedev beat Zverev in a third-set tie-breaker. This one went Zverev’s way from the start, as he crushed a huge backhand to the corner then gained from a net-cord winner to break Medvedev’s serve in the third game of the match.
Helped by fast conditions inside Turin’s Pala Alpitour, Zverev was virtually untouchable on his serve, winning 20 of 25 points in the first set. Zverev broke again in the opening game of the second set then grew so confident that he began executing audacious swinging-volley winners as he occasionally followed his serve to the net.
This marked the first Turin edition of the season-ending event for the top eight players – after 12 years in London, where Zverev won his first finals title in 2018.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won the doubles title by beating Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-4, 7-6 (0).