It was Medvedev against Zverev in the Paris final in the battle of the future stars. Matters came to a head in the 12th game of the first set when the Russian serving to stay in the set at 5-6 found himself 0-40 down facing the barrel. He fought back bravely to 30-40 but eventually went down courtesy of a wayward attempted forehand winner.7-5 to Sasha Zverev first set.
In the second set sensing the importance of seizing the early advantage(a whopping EUR5.207million on the line),both players traded blows on deuce.It was Zverev who held serve to take a giant step to the finish. But Medvedev eventually broke Zverev’s serve in the 9th game to take the match to a decider 6-4.
The third was one way traffic with Medvedev breaking early in the first game and going up double break at 2-0 with unforced errors creeping into the German’s play. This was emphasized in the last game of the match. Serving to stay in the match at 1-5 a disappointing double fault gave the victory to Medvedev.It is his third Masters 1000 title
Rafa Nadal exited the tournament after a straight sets defeat to Sasha Zverev on Saturday. The German broke the Spaniards serve early in the first set at 1-1 and held on for a 6-4 . The second set saw both players exchange breaks before Zverev finally broke crucially at 5-5 to seal the win.
Daniil Medvedev of Russia sealed a final berth by beating Milos Raonic in straight sets.
Nadal faced another Spaniard Pablo Correna Busta in Friday’s quaterfinals and was given a run for his money. What a forehand winner By Busta on set point in the first set. Nadal recovered slowly and finally lending a set in the second 7-5 with his forehand causing the most damage.The French Open champion easily wrapped up the match 6-1 in the third.
The dark horse of this year’s tournament Milos Raonic of Canada also needed 3 sets to beat Frenchman Humbert. Milos served well throughout this match and hit the ball very well. Ugo did not lie down and die though. He had won the second 6-3 with some brilliant court coverage. In the third, Milos was facing match point in the tie break 4-6 and displayed great fighting spirit to win a close breaker 9-7.
Swiss veteran Wawrinka finally ran out of steam after a great week going down do Sasha Zverev. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev dominated Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman
Standout result on Thursday was Stan Wawrinka beating the in form Russian Andrey Rublev in 3 sets. Stan the man recovered impressively from losing the first set for just 1 game showing his younger upstart he has a lot in his 35 year old self.The key to his victory was winning his efficient conversion of break points(3/5) to Rublev’s (3/6). There was not much in it but it proved to be telling. Rafa Nadal celebrated a milestone 1000th win on the tour with a straight sets win over Australian Thompson. Thompson impressed me with my shot of the day when he was 3-2 up in the second at 0-15. Nadal is now ONLY behind Jimmy Connors(USA), Roger Federer(SUI) AND Ivan Lendl(CZE). He looked much settled after a shaky last match with Lopez.