Daniil Medvedev has finally reconciled with Paris. The most French of Russian players, installed in the south of France for many years, had never been successful in the two main French tournaments on the calendar. Eliminated four times from entry to Roland-Garros, he had won only one small match in two participations at Bercy before this year. All of this is forgotten. Medvedev will leave the AccorHotels Arena with a trophy under his arm. He took the measure of Alexander Zverev Sunday in the final (5-7, 6-4, 6-1), finishing with a bang after a delicate start.
Yet Sascha Zverev was riding a hell of a wave. Winner of 21 of his last 23 matches, including the last twelve with his double title in Cologne, and striker of Rafael Nadal in the semi-final on Saturday, the German also had a favorable personal record for him against Daniil Medvedev. It was also carried by this confidence Sunday at first. Always as effective on his service, he signed the only break of the first round just before the decisive game to win what was akin to a duel of servers, with a minimum of exchanges to be put under the elbow.
Zverev ended up exploding
Then the fight changed soul, from all points of view. The points got much longer, and in this game, Medvedev gradually gained the upper hand. Zverev had to put out a first fire start at 2-2 in the second set by dismissing four break points. The Muscovite of the Côte d’Azur could have been frustrated, but he saw, rightly, the sign of a changing wind. At 4-4, he put the pressure back on and Zverev, whose first ball crumbled over the games, eventually gave in. Not only this second set had just changed, but the entire final with it.
In reality, Zverev, after leading 7-5, 4-3, was only going to win one game until the end of this match. Returning to height, Daniil Medvedev continued to press the accelerator. After breaking at the start of the third set, he dismissed four break points in the next game. It was the last breath of life for Sascha Zverev. Possibly blunted physically and mentally after playing a lot in recent weeks, he’s completely blown up and surrendered. To get this match and this title, Medvedev had only to unfold his tennis to the end.
Great character of the second half of 2019, Gilles Cervara’s protégé had a more complex 2020 financial year, despite a semi-final at the US Open. But Bercy will have really made it possible to find the real Medvedev, the one that not much disturbs and who seems to have the answer to almost everything. He who had not played a single final this year wins his third Masters 1000. It was worth the wait, and it may not be over. Very disappointing at the Masters last year, where he arrived emptied, this time he will present himself ideally launched.