World No.4 Alexander Zverev has booked his spot in yet another semifinals of the ongoing Paris Masters. The German beat Norway’s Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals. Zverev will take on World No.2 Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals.
As most tennis fans would remember, it was the Russian who beat Zverev in the finals of the 2020 Bercy Masters. Speaking to the reporters after his quarterfinal match against Ruud, the top-ranked German expressed his relief in booking his place in the semis.
“I thought he served extremely well today which made it very difficult to break,” Zverev said. “I’m happy with the win and to be in the semi-finals.” Upon being asked to comment on his next challenge against the newly crowned US Open champion, the 24-year-old mentioned how he needs to recover well and remain fresh for the semifinal clash.
“I am happy to be in the semifinals but I also know that tomorrow. I need to do a lot to get my energy back,” the 2020 US Open finalist reckoned. “So, hopefully I can do a lot of recovery. I think he is going to be a lot fresher than I am but this is a part of tennis, and I have to play my best and I have to recover. I have to do everything I can to give myself the best chance, so I am gonna do that.”
Alexander Zverev leads Daniil Medvedev in H2H
After losing to the Russian in the finals in 2020, the German will be keen on avenging his defeat. Although Zverev has won a handful of ATP 1000 Masters in his career, he has never tasted success on the indoor courts of Bercy.
Moreover, Zverev also leads Medvedev in the head to head count by 5-4. They met earlier in the year during the ATP Cup, where the World No.2 beat the German in three, intriguing sets. Interestingly, the two have only engaged in all hard court battles over the years.
For the year, Zverev has already won the Masters event in Cincinnati and Madrid and will be keen on making it three in Paris this week.