For the second time this year, Alexander Zverev deprived Novak Djokovic of the opportunity to play for a great title.
At the Tokyo Olympics, the German had defeated Djokovic in the semi-finals. On Saturday, Zverev prevailed 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 on top of the rankings to eliminate him in the stage of the four best of the Masters Cup.
The result means that Djokovic will not be able to match Roger Federer’s record of six titles in this season-ending tournament reserved for the top eight in the ranks. At least he won’t get it this year.
Instead, Zverev will face Russian Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final.
Medvedev, champion of the US Open, is one victory away from another great trophy.
The Russian, ranked second in the rankings, beat Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-2, ranked for the first time, and will play the championship match.
Medvedev, who won the tournament last year, will face Zverev on Sunday to define the champion in the first edition of the tournament in Turin after 12 years in London.
At the US Open in September, Medvedev dashed Djokovic’s dream of winning the Grand Slam in a calendar year by beating the Serb in the final to lift his first major trophy.
A Medvedev backhand ended a 32-shot rally and caused a break in the first set. The Russian began to vary his game with rises to the net and drop shots when he broke his opponent’s serve again in the middle of the second set.
He broke Ruud again when he interrupted a point to challenge a decision, which was confirmed by the review, giving Medvedev the opportunity to serve for the match.
A perfect serve and a volley gave Medvedev the victory in his first match point.
Medvedev did not face a single break point and won 11 of 15 points at the net.