‘I’m extremely happy’ – Alexander Zverev expresses his joy as he beats Rafael Nadal in Paris
Alexander Zverev expressed his delight as his fine form continued with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the Paris Masters.
The reigning French Open champion has no answer to the German big-hitter, who has been in sparkling form since tennis return from the Covid-19 shutdown.
Zverev is on a 12-match winning streak following back-to-back titles in Cologne and has won 21 of his 23 matches since the start of the US Open, where he reached his first Grand Slam final and it was his dominant serve that got the job done against Nadal.
“I’m extremely happy. How the season continued for me after the break has been pretty good,” Zverev told Amazon Prime.
‘I’m happy with my winning streak a little bit but tomorrow is a final and it’s going to be difficult no matter what. ‘I’m looking forward to that. Daniil is a great player, especially on these kinds of surfaces, I think it suits him well.’
Zverev will get a chance to add to his three Masters 1000 titles when he takes on Daniil Medvedev on Sunday.
Medvedev advanced to his first final in 13 months on Saturday, as he defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 in a tight semi-final clash and he spoke about the challenges of overcoming the big-serving Canadian.
“When you play against Milos, you are always at risk because if one time he breaks you, it is very tough to break him back,” said Medvedev.
“I knew I had to stay focussed. The first set was amazing, I had zero break points to save… and I managed to break him in a good way.
”The second set was much tighter. I had two games where I had to save breaks points and [they were] tough points. I managed to break him and [then] I lost my serve. It was shaky here and there, but I am really happy to be through to the final.”
Zverev has won five of his six matches against Medvedev and will head into the ATP Finals in London later this month as one of the favoirites to lift the title.
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