Daniil Medvedev came back from a set down to beat Alexander Zverev 5-7,6-4,6-1 in the finals of the Paris Masters to claim his first title of the season.
Courtesy of the epic win, Medvedev has overtaken Roger Federer in the latest ATP rankings to reach a career-high fourth spot. Federer has been out of action since this year’s Australian Open SemiFinal run and is not expected to be back on the court before January 2021.
As a result, the Swiss Maestro has dropped to the 5th spot in the rankings which are headed by Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev beats the odds to lift first Paris Masters title-
Medvedev was up against Alexander Zverev against whom he had a 1-5 losing record and when Zverev clinched the first set, it seemed that this meeting too would go the same way.
Obviously, all that was before the Russian unlocked his hitherto hidden beast mode.
Medvedev’s relentless accuracy from the baseline induced a loose shot from Zverev in the ninth game of the second set when he hit long from the back of the court.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) November 8, 2020
Medvedev’s pinpoint returning is among the best on the ATP Tour, and that chipped away at Zverev’s confidence as he won only 57% of points on the first serve compared to 75% for Medvedev.
“To win at Bercy, a tournament that I love, the first final in France, three Masters titles, I’m just super happy.” said an exalted Medvedev.
“I was playing really good this tournament, especially today. After the first set, I could have given up. Sacha was serving well. But I stayed in there and, in just one moment, I raised my level higher and higher, and that broke him down a little bit.” he continued
Djokovic leads the rankings, Thiem leads the NextGen-
Novak Djokovic maintained his pole position in the rankings and is all but guaranteed to end the year as world number for a record sixth time. Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, at his heels, complete the podium.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 9, 2020
ATP rankings (change in brackets)
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11830 points
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9850
3. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 9125
4. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 6970 (+1)
5. Roger Federer (SUI) 6630 (-1)
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 5925
7. Alexander Zverev (GER) 5525
8. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 3919
9. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 3455
10. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 3075
11. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2860
12. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2830
13. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2710
14. Milos Raonic (CAN) 2580 (+3)
15. David Goffin (BEL) 2555 (-1)
16. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2535 (-1)
17. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2400 (-1)
18. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 2320 (+2)
19. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 2260 (-1)
20. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 2245 (-1)
The top 8 of these(Excluding Federer) would be up against each other in London at the year-ending ATP Finals. The tournament is extra special simply owing to fact that this is the last time it is being played in London and would be shifted to Turin permanently from the next year.