Defending champion Daniil Medvedev managed to reach his second consecutive final at the Rolex Paris Masters on Saturday when he snapped Alexander Zverev’s eight-win streak, defeating the German 6-2, 6-2.
The second-seeded won the title in Paris 12 months ago and put himself in position to lift the trophy in the French capital again, as he defeated Zverev with his flat shots from the bottom to advance after 80 minutes.
Medvedev saved all three break points he faced and benefited from the German’s powerful blows, committing just eight unforced errors to level his ATP Head2Head series at 5-5. With his victory, the Russian has won his last four meetings against Zverev, including last year’s final in Paris.
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The world No. 2 is looking to win his second ATP Masters 1000 crown of the season, after triumphing in Toronto in August. The 25-year-old also won his first major title at the US Open in September and lifted the titles in Marseille and Mallorca earlier this year.
Medvedev will face Novak Djokovic in the final after the Serbian beat Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5). The 34-year-old’s victory saw him clinch No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Rankings at the end of the year for the seventh time, a record, eclipsing the mark he previously shared with Pete Sampras.
Zverev has shown his great moment of form since the start of the Tokyo Olympics, where he won the gold medal in singles. The world No. 4 has taken 28 of his last 31 games, also triumphing in Cincinnati. However, the 24-year-old could not find his best form against a relentless Medvedev.
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