For a while now , tennis fans have been waiting with bated breath for the baton to pass to the new generation ,led by these two, from the big three of men’s tennis. Hate to say this but time is running out for them, Daniil will clock 26 years of age in 2022 with Sascha will be 25 next April. Both ages are really the peak for the tennis player. Sascha still looking for that elusive Grand Slam title whilst Daniil broke his duck with the upset win over Novak at Flushing Meadows. Zverev goes into this one looking for a second year end championship with Daniil looking for his first. The only enemy of the two is themselves, the mind tends to go on holiday mode when it is the last match of the season. The player to show this is Medvedev. Tentative hitting cost him his service game at 1-1, check out 0-30 although Sascha was ultimately fortunate with the net cord. That was the only break of the first set. Daniil has that famous forehand in which he opens up the racquet from the ball and just whacks with no spin whatsoever. Watch 3-1(15-15). The Russian was the one struggling on serve but to his credit he held on to lose by just a break 6-4. Check out 4-3(40-300 before we head to set two to show who is the better baseline grinder of the two. Beautifully constructed point from the German.
Serving stats now. First serve 80% Zverev , 59% Daniil. Sascha more vulnerable on second serve winning just half thereon with 64% for the man from Russia. Watch first point second set 30-30. After a decent serve, Daniil didn’t retreat deep into the baseline in order to handle the return by Sascha better, as a result he was on the back foot from there on. He would lose serve again in that game and never came back into the match. The error at 40-30 sums up where his focus was. He would also get zero break point opportunities underlining the dominance by Zverev on serve. Everything Daniil dished up , Sascha gobbled up with ease. Watch 2-1 second set (40-15), the drop shot wasn’t bad from Daniil but the German is tall and has a long reach such that it almost needed to be perfect. Daniil’s best game was the sixth at 3-2 pushing into deuce other than that no chance. At least he made Sascha work for the championship point making him serve for it. Watch the exquisite lob at 5-3 deuce. Exclamation point ace to seal the win for Zverev, one of eight for the match. He finished the year number two in the world although not even close to toppling Novak. Hopefully it’s a dawn of something special in 2022 for the German.
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