| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo Credit: Simon Bruty/USTA


For the second time in his career, Germany’s Alexander Zverev has won the Nitto ATP Finals as he defeated Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 in the championship match on Sunday in Turin, Italy.

“It was great,” said Zverev. “I won the [Nitto ATP] Finals, in the final against someone I had lost five times in a row, so I had to play one of my best matches. I am happy about that and happy to go on holiday with this win.”

Zverev had lost to Medvedev earlier in the tournament, during the round-robin stage, but exacted revenge and snapped a losing streak to the big Russian on Sunday.

“It is special, and I am super thrilled and happy right now. There is no better way to end the season than winning here,” he added. “I am incredibly happy and I am already looking forward to next year.”

Medvedev finishes the year ranked second in the world, while Zverev closes out his campaign as the third ranked player in the world.

In the doubles final, it was the French connection of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeating American Rajeev Ram & Great Britain’s Joe Salisbury 6-4, 7-6(0) to win the title. The duo has now won two out of the last three end-of-the-year finals.

“It is an amazing feeling winning here for a second time,” said Mahut. “We lost to them in the round robin, when they played amazing, and today we knew we had to play our best level. U think we played our best match of the week. Finishing the season like this is a great achievement.”

Herbert added:

“They were playing really well on our break points, but we were pushing hard the whole match. We went to the tie-break and for sure there was a bit of stress, but Nico de-stressed me with a great return on the first point. Nico is playing better and better with age.”