Daniil Medvedev: “The intensity of the match was one of the greatest I have seen”

Daniil Medvedev just won a funny matchMonday night in London. The 24-year-old Russian clinched his first Masters victory, after his three defeats last year, after a disjointed poster, facing an Alexander Zverev who was sometimes disarming with feverishness in service (he missed seven right now). But Medvedev above all, according to him, won a huge duel, contrary to what the score suggests (6-3, 6-4).

The intensity of the match was one of the greatest I’ve seen in my career“said the recent winner of the Bercy Masters 1000, where he had already beaten Zverev in the final.”I’m glad he talks about it“, reacted in the wake of our consultant Arnaud Di Pasquale, who was not disappointed by the show offered by the two men.”I saw a crazy intensity from the first games, two punchers fighting each other, they were in a ring, it was a boxing fight“, he analyzes.

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A choppy fight, of course, but not a sham shock so far. “On the one hand we both were irregular at the start, but on the other hand I think there were some incredible points“summarized Medvedev, assuming the ambivalence of this meeting of the Tokyo 1970 group started with two breaks.

So, yes, there were mistakes, some hesitation, but overall, we can retain this intensity. We saw them very quickly out of breath, there were very long and monstrous exchanges“, abounds Di Pasquale. A rally of 29 moves notably set the tone from the third game. And it was Medvedev who had the last word, pushing back a (new) break point and no longer losing his commitment to all the rest of the game.

Alexander Zverev, beaten by Daniil Medvedev this Monday at the O2 Arena

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Fantasy, too, with a spoon service

To take revenge for the last Masters (his third and last failure was inflicted on him by Zverev), Medvedev thus won a standoff. But not only. He was also mischievous, including a serve with a spoon that resulted in a point won in the second set at 4-3 30A. Either in a moment of great tension.

I especially didn’t want to disrespect him, but before that my serve hadn’t worked as well as I wanted it to. I saw that he was very, very far away and I said to myself: ‘go ahead’. He was able to touch the ball, it wasn’t an ace, but I ended up getting the point“, debriefed the one for whom” confidence is a key “and who therefore stores it before challenging Wednesday Novak Djokovic, who dominated Diego Schwartzman earlier in the day (6-3, 6-2).

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Unprecedented situation for Zverev

For Zverev, on the other hand, full confidence is not relevant. 3 aces, 7 double faults and 21% success behind his second ball: the service of the German giant (1.98 m) is the symbol. To bounce back, he will have to put his head back in this area against a Schwartzman whose range of performance in this area is much less.

A rebound that would taste like something new. Winner of the end-of-year high mass in 2018, Zverev has never won his second match, in the Masters tournament, in which he participates for the fourth time this year, at only 23 years old. But until Monday, he had never lost the first.

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