Alexander Zverev suffered a defeat against Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals in Turin and now has to worry about making it to the semi-finals. The German No. 1 lost on Wednesday (11/15/23) against the Russians 6:7 (7:9) and 4:6.
The decision about moving forward will now be made on Friday. Zverev no longer has a place in the semi-finals in his own hands. Only if he wins against Rublev, who has already been eliminated, and Medvedev wins against Alcaraz, will Zverev reach the semi-finals. Otherwise, his tennis year will be over on Friday.
The Hamburger started the game with a loss of serve, but worked his way back strongly in the first set. In the tiebreak, Zverev quickly moved ahead to 4-1. But then he made a very slight volley error that brought Medvedev back into the set. Nevertheless, Zverev won two set points, but he was unable to use them. Instead, the Russian won the first round in his first attempt after just over an hour.
Medvedev ice cold
The German started the second round more focused, both players played their serves. With the score at 4:4, Zverev missed another chance – this time to break. Medvedev promptly took the lead in Zverev’s following service game – Germany’s No. 1 fought, but then had to admit defeat with the break. The Russian is already in the semi-finals after his second victory.
For the top German player Zverev, who won the tournament in 2018 and 2021, Medvedev remains a kind of feared opponent. It was his fifth defeat in the sixth meeting with the Muscovite this year.
Alcaraz back on track
Wimbledon winner Carlos Alcaraz had previously gotten back on track – and thus given Alexander Zverev the chance to reach the semi-finals early. After his opening defeat against Olympic champion Zverev, the 20-year-old Spaniard won his second preliminary round match against the Russian Andrej Rublew 7:5, 6:2 and preserved his chances of advancing in Turin.
Rublev bloody his knee in anger
Rublew has already been eliminated after two straight defeats – in the second set he was so frustrated that he hit his left leg wildly with his racket and bloodied his knee.
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