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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday November 6, 2021

 
Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev notched his fourth consecutive win over Alexander Zverev in Paris to set a final with Novak Djokovic.

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Daniil Medvedev put his best foot forward against Alexander Zverev in Paris on Saturday, and marched past the German directly into a rematch of this year’s US Open and Australian Open finals.

Tennis Express

Medvedev’s 6-2, 6-2 victory over Zverev sets a mouthwatering final clash between Medvedev and five-time Paris champion Novak Djokovic – the Serb took down Hubert Hurkacz in a thrilling three-setter earlier in the day, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6(5).

More: Djokovic Seals Record 7th Year-End No.1 Ranking with Thrilling Win over Hurkacz

Medvedev entered Saturday’s semi-final contest on a three-match winning streak against Zverev that had started in last year’s Paris final, but it was widely believed that Zverev, who had won 28 of his last 30 matches entering Saturday, including the Olympic gold medal in singles and the Vienna title last week, would be ready to push his rival to the brink.

Far from it.


Medvedev took control early and never took his foot of the accelerator, dominating Zverev in every phase of the game. The Russian saved all three break points he faced and converted four of his five opportunities as he out-steadied the German in the lion’s share of the rallies and goaded Zverev into 35 unforced errors.

Even the German’s lethal serve was out of sorts. He won just 29 of 57 points on serve, and finished with just 18 winners against 35 unforced errors. Medvedev, meanwhile, was clean as a whistle on the stat sheet. He cracked 14 winners and committed just eight unforced errors over the course of the 80-minute drubbing.

It was by far the best match of the week by Medvedev and it sets him up nicely for the ultimate challenge in the sport – a date with Djokovic in the final.

Djokovic leads the head-to-head 5-4 but the Russian has the edge since the start of 2019, winning four of the pair's last seven, with the scales tipping at this year's US Open when Medvedev claimed his maiden major title.

 

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