Zverev, how strange: according to Masters, but still zero titles in the Grand Slam

Curious record shared with Lendl who won two before conquering Roland Garros in 1984. For the German, who repeats the victory of 2018, it is the 19th career tournament, arriving in the third shortest final in history

Turin greets Alexander Zverev, new master of masters, champion at the Nitto ATP Finals 2021 thanks to the comfortable success in the final over favorite Daniil Medvedev (6-4 6-4 without conceding even a break point). A final with little pathos, dominated by the excellent form of the German who thus repeated the title won at the O2 Arena in London in 2018 when he overtook the Serbian Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 in the big match. The Turin final lasted just 75 minutes: an hour and 15 minutes of play for the third shortest final in history. Only Nastase-Borg of 1975 (65 minutes) and Federer-Hewitt of Houston 2004 (one hour and 7 minutes) lasted less. It was also the eleventh final in history that overturned the outcome of the same match played during the round robin. It also happened in 1976 (Orantes-Fibak), 1989 (Edberg-Becker), 1990 (Agassi-Edberg), 1994 (Sampras-Becker), 1996 (Sampras-Becker), 1999 (Sampras-Agassi), 2000 (Kuerten- Agassi), 2005 (Nalbdandian-Federer), 2015 (Djokovic-Federer) and 2018 (Zverev-Djokovic). But it was also the first final between the number 2 and 3 seeded since 1989 when even that case was the number 3 Stefan Edberg to win over the number 2 Boris Becker: previously, in 52 years of history, it had only happened in 1983 between John McEnroe (3) and Ivan Lendl (2) and always therefore the seeded number 3 got the better of the number 2.

The 19th title

For Zverev, the Turin Masters was the 19th title of his career: the first title in 2016 in St. Petersburg over Stanislas Wawrinka, then 5 titles in 2017 (Montpellier, Monaco, Rome, Washington and the Canadian Open), 4 in the 2018 (Munich, Madrid, Washington and the London ATP Finals), 1 in 2019 (Geneva), 2 in 2020 (Cologne 1 and 2) and 6 in 2021 (Acapulco, Madrid, the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Cincinnati, Vienna and the Turin Masters). Zverev is also the second player in history to win two Masters without having won any Slam title yet: previously the only one to boast this curious record was Ivan Lendl who, before conquering Roland Garros in 1984, had the Masters under his belt. won in January 1982 and 1983. Zverev won the 2021 Masters by beating the top two players in the world, number 1 Djokovic in the semifinals and number 2 Medvedev in the final. In 2018, however, he had won the tournament by beating the top two seeds (Djokovic in the final and Federer in the semifinals). The Swiss was seeded number 2 but number 3 in the world due to the absence of Rafael Nadal.

Challenge between nations

For Germany it is the sixth Masters won (3 by Becker, 2 by Zverev and one by Stich), the same ones won by Switzerland, all at the hands of Roger Federer: only the United States did better with 11 titles (5 Sampras, 3 McEnroe, a Smith, Connors and Agassi). It was also the first Masters in history with 3 reserves: the first two (Sinner and Norrie) took the field to replace Berrettini and Tsitsipas respectively, the third (Karatsev) was in the balance until the last due to the not perfect conditions physics by Hubert Hurkacz. With Ruud, Hurkacz, Sinner and Norrie, 142 players have participated in at least one edition of the Masters, a tournament conceived by Jack Kramer in 1970. No player present at the Masters was however able to gain positions in the ATP ranking except for ours Jannik Sinner who with the 200 points gained thanks to the victory over Hurkacz is back in the top 10 ousting the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. Thus 2021 will be the first year of the computer age (1973) with two top 10 Italians (Berrettini 6 and Sinner 10). There are now three days off and then from Thursday Turin, Innsbruck and Madrid will host the Davis Cup Finals. Italy will play at the Pala Alpitour in Turin on Friday 26 November against the United States and on Saturday 27 against Colombia.

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Zverev, how strange: according to Masters, but still zero titles in the Grand Slam