One week after their battle on the hard-courts in Paris, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev are ready to rumble another major European capital when they head to the 2020 ATP Finals in London.
The 2018 ATP Finals Champion Sascha Zverev and the recent Paris Masters winner Daniil Medvedev were drawn alongside the World No. 1 and five-time champion Novak Djokovic and a progressing Diego Schwartzman in Group Tokyo 1970 of the 2020 ATP Finals.
Whereas Zverev can boast a 5-2 record over his Russian opponent, Medvedev has forged two wins in their last three matches and they both came in Finals – at last year’s Shanghai Masters as well as in the recently played 2020 Paris Masters.
All in all, all of their meetings were on hard-courts and we can confidently say that both players have no hidden skills from each other.
Daniil Medvedev Betting Preview
Having won just two of his seven meetings with Sascha Zverev, Medvedev could be encouraged that he could improve the balance on the back of a massive 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 comeback to beat the German at the 2020 Rolex Paris Masters Final last weekend.
Following his recent triumph at the Paris Masters, Daniil Medvedev has once again levelled his career-high 4th place in the ATP Rankings and gained momentum right on time. Moreover, Medvedev claimed his first title and his first top 10 victories (by beating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals and Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the Final) since the 2019 Shanghai Masters victory and will be high on confidence.
Medvedev made his maiden ATP Finals appearance last year and is yet to win a match, losing all of his matches against the likes of Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Sascha Zverev in Group Andre Agassi.
Anyway, Daniil Medvedev managed to stop Zverev’s winning run to claim his third Masters crown and 8th career title – his first final and title of the year, while Zverev was playing in his third consecutive final.
Earlier in the season, Medvedev has reached the semi-finals of the US Open for a second year in a row and even though he failed to reach the final match at Flushing Meadows again, his form has been really solid but the semi-final meltdown after the lost first set against Dominic Thiem should be an important lesson for the Russian.
Alexander Zverev Betting Preview
Since his debut and group stage exit at the ATP Finals in 2017, Alexander Zverev first won the title in 2018 and also did well twelve months ago, when the German once again went through the group stage following wins over Rafael Nadal (6-2, 6-4) and Daniil Medvedev (6-4, 7-6), but then lost in straight sets to Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals.
After his first ever Grand Slam final at the US Open Championship, Zverev wasn’t that impressive at the Roland Garros, but his current form has been exceptionally good as he won back-to-back titles in Cologne.
Since he lost to Italian sensation Jannik Sinner in the round of 16 of the French Open, Zverev enjoyed a 12-match winning streak until his recent defeat to Medvedev and will be keen to return to winning ways in a match that could give him a flying start ahead of the coming duels against Diego Schwartzman and Novak Djokovic.
Besides, Zverev claimed some famous scalps to boost his confidence en route to the final in Paris as he managed to beat both Stan Warinka and Rafael Nadal in straight sets, in the quarter and semifinals respectively.
In fact, since the resumption of competitive tennis in August and the beginning of his work with David Ferrer earlier in the year, Zverev is one of the most consistent players in the Tour and a force to reckon with. Despite the dropped two sets advantage in the US Open showdown against Dom Thiem, The 23-years-old German knows that a Grand Slam title becomes an even more realistic target should he continue to push his tempo and thrive under Ferrer’s guidance.
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Daniil Medvedev is a -146 favorite to beat Alexander Zverev and claim his first victory at the ATP Finals with BetOnline, while you can get odds of +126 if you believe Sascha Zverev will build on his strong head-to-head record against Medvedev and avenge for the Paris defeat.
Both players have gained momentum ahead of the season-ending event and they won’t have another opportunity to play competitive tennis for the next couple of weeks, so their desire to make it through would be even bigger.
Neither of them is making an illusion for a nice late autumn stroll in the park on Monday and we expect another tight encounter between Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev.
Spooky Express Free Play: Over 23½ Games -109 @ BetOnline for 6/10 Units