The German smashed Medvedev with the serve that had made Becker’s fortune. And now he already sets the next goals, but the future smiles on many …
And now let’s call him boom boom Zverev. The German won the first Italian Finals thanks to his serve, the blow that made the fortune of his illustrious compatriot Boris Becker. An encore of 2018 that is far from obvious for Alexander who, game after game, adjusted the range of his cannon, which in the crucial stages became a truly lethal weapon. So in the semifinals he tamed Novak Djokovic and yesterday ha demolito Daniil Medvedev. Sascha closes an exceptional year where before the Masters he won the Olympic gold medal and four other tournaments including the Thousand in Madrid and Cincinnati. He goes on vacation from number three in the world and will be an uncomfortable customer for anyone next season. After years with alternating returns during which he changed coach repeatedly (from Lendl to Ferrero to Ferrer) now he seems to have found continuity thanks to his brother Mischa.
Therefore, our first Finals close with his triumph. They have been a great international showcase for our country and our tennis. The mess of the capacity of the Pala Alpitour reduced at the last moment to 60% was a bad hiccup soon overtaken by the quality of the tournament. Turin not only passed the exam but sowed well for the next four years.
The city responded in the stands and in its beating heart proving itself up to the challenge. From Piazza San Carlo to the streets of the center, tennis was breathed for a week and there is the belief that it will only be possible to improve.
The future, then, is all on the side of our champions who can be increasingly protagonists here.
Starting with Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner. The first, unfortunately, in Turin won the Oscar of bad luck proving, once again, that he can play on par with anyone. That breathtaking set against Sasha Zverev in the first match of the round robin confirmed important certainties. Matteo just has to be physically well then the others will have to worry. Sinner for his part left everyone speechless at the naturalness with which he took over from his partner. The Sesto Pusteria red is a diamond that is still a little rough but with enormous potential. He improves match after match both from a technical point of view and from the character side. From being a good guy he is turning into a warrior capable of involving the public in the crucial moments of a match. Impossible to say where he could have gone if he had played the Finals from the start. We can certainly say that the top ten will permanently become his home. And we are curious to see how Jannik will manage this week as standard bearer of the Azzurri team that begins, again in Turin, the adventure in the Davis Cup. Playing with the blue shirt is another responsibility that can only do him good.
Yes, faced with this binge of great tennis there was the risk of forgetting that over the weekend we are hosting the qualifying rounds of the silver salad bowl, a trophy that we only won back in 1976 in Chile. a team that could aim for ultimate success. Without it there will be a fight with the United States to win the group and play the quarters always under the Mole. We can do it because the new coach Filippo Volandri will be able to pull another ace out of his sleeve. That Lorenzo Sonego who from Turin, after having lived a week as a spectator, bites the brake to leave a winning footprint in his city.
November 22, 2021 (change November 22, 2021 | 08:32)
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Now let’s call him Bum Bum Zverev. And Turin passed the Finals exam