The sixth consecutive final in 2019 has not diminished the ambition of Daniil Medvedev, who on Sunday will fight against Alexander Zverev for the Shanghai title. "It is something I would never have dreamed of, but now I have to keep this momentum and go for more," said the Russian after knocking down Stefanos Tsitsipas (7-6 , 7-5) for his 28th victory in recent 31 games
Medvedev's formidable streak has only been altered by the stumbling blocks against Rafa Nadal (Montreal, US Open) and Nick Kyrgios (Washington). Now he faces a new challenge against an opponent who could only start a set in the previous four games.
After saving four of the five 'break' balls, he broke down Tsitsipas' resistance in 96 minutes. His fifth triumph against the Greek, with whom he maintains a bitter relationship since his first duel in Miami, when they both engaged in a very ugly exchange of insults on the net.
The final ninth in a calendar year also represents another achievement of incredible merit for the Moscow tennis player. Throughout the 21st century, only Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, David Ferrer Marat Safin had signed a similar milestone.
Similarities and differences
On the other side of the network, Zverev will try to confirm the feelings pointed to Federer and confirmed this Saturday against Matteo Berrettini (6-3, 6-4). It will be his sixth Masters 1000 final, where he can boast the titles of Rome, Canada (2017) and Madrid (2018).
A generational duel between two players with so many similarities in age (23 years of Russian and 22 years of German), stature (198 centimeters both), play (right-handed and with two-handed backhand as differences at the stylistic and emotional level. And it is that while Zverev can boast a high school tennis for exquisite palates, Medvedev surpasses you with ease in both mental hardness and competitive spirit.
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