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Zverev sinks Nadal to face Medvedev in Paris Masters final

Nov 08, 2020

Paris (France), November 8: Rafael Nadal will have to wait another year to try to clinch a maiden Paris Masters title, as the world No. 2 was beaten by Alexander Zverev 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinal at Bercy Arena on Saturday.
It was Zverev's second consecutive win over the 20-time Grand Slam winner, after having lost their first five meetings. The fourth seed will play world No. 5 Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's final, against whom the German star has a 5-1 head-to-head win record.
Russia's Medvedev defeated 10th seed Milos Raonic of Canada 6-4, 7-6 (4) in Saturday's other semifinal.
"We're not going to give each other anything tomorrow and we'll see who can win. I'm looking forward to it," Zverev said of the final. "I think we are both extremely hungry, it will be our first title here."
Zverev is fighting for his fourth Masters title and 14th overall, while his Russian opponent is seeking his third Masters trophy and eighth career title.
Top seed Nadal, who had equaled Roger Federer's all-time Grand Slam record of 20 titles with his French Open win one month ago, could have leveled Novak Djokovic's Masters' record - the Spaniard has won 35 Masters events, just one behind Serbia's world No. 1.
The 34-year-old is yet to win the indoor Paris event, having lost to David Nalbandian in his only final here in 2007.
Zverev went into the semifinal on the back of an 11-match winning streak following back-to-back titles in Cologne. The German won his first eight service games, imposing a high first-serve winning percentage on his Spanish opponent.
"He's in the final serving huge. I think I returned better than the other days, but it was impossible at the beginning. He was serving bombs and hitting the right spots all the time," Nadal said of the match.
Zverev won 79 percent of points on the first serve compared to 63 per cent for Nadal and led 13-5 in aces throughout the one-hour-39-minute battle.
Nadal was trying to restore in the second set, winning three successive games to take a 5-4 lead. But Zverev grabbed a single break point opportunity in game 11 and took the chance to move ahead again before serving for the victory in the 12th game.
Source: Xinhua