Daniil Medvedev delivered a clinical performance, securing a convincing victory over his familiar adversary, Alexander Zverev, in the semi-final of the China Open. They were seeded 2nd and 8th, respectively, in the tournament. Anticipation was high for this closely watched showdown, as Medvedev and Zverev share a significant rivalry on the ATP Tour.
This marked their 17th meeting, with Medvedev holding a narrow head-to-head advantage of 9-7. The match, however, exceeded expectations, not in terms of its duration but in the quality of play. Despite Zverev’s recent strong form, highlighted by a Chengdu Open win and a 7-match winning streak, Medvedev’s performance proved too good on the day.
His performance was nearly flawless, with 8 aces along with an impressive 19 winners and only one unforced error, the latter being the service double fault. Reflecting on his triumph, Medvedev expressed satisfaction stating, “I’m really happy with my level. The roof closed, different conditions, much faster. Both of us are big servers so it came down to just a few opportunities.”
Daniil Medvedev beats Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-3 to reach the final in Beijing.
Won his last 9 matches in China.
That was an absolutely ridiculous performance.
Zverev was quite good and had no chance.
Unplayable stuff from Daniil. pic.twitter.com/iqVyiwJlG8
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) October 3, 2023
Medvedev’s impressive run in China continues, with a winning streak of 9 matches, building upon his previous 5-match streak when he last competed in China during the 2019 Shanghai Open and won the trophy beating Zverev in the final on that occasion too. The tournaments have not been held in China in recent years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Medvedev and Sinner set to clash in thrilling China Open final
Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner will meet in a thrilling final of the China Open, In the semi-finals, Sinner demonstrated an extraordinary display of skill and an impeccable forehand, stunning the top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz in a one-sided affair with a scoreline of 7-6, 6-1. This victory would catapult him to the highest-ranked Italian men’s player in history at no. 4 in the world.
With both players in their top form, the final promises a showdown of an epic match, as world no. 3 Medvedev seeks to assert his dominance while Sinner aims to continue his meteoric rise in the world of tennis. However, their head-to-head record tells a different story. Medvedev holds a commanding lead with 6 wins, while Sinner is yet to secure a victory against the formidable Russian.
Medvedev 6-0 Sinner H2H
-Sinner lost 3 of 11 ATP finals. 2 in Masters Miami (2021, 2023) and 2 vs. Medvedev in 2023 (Rotterdam & Miami).
-Sinner 2 of 15 losses in Miami (finals 2021 and 2023).
-Medvedev 29 victories (32 matches) and 4 ATP titles in 2023 (ATP leader this year). pic.twitter.com/7vAUWtzz2q
— 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒍 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒐r (@predictorRM) April 2, 2023
Their last meeting took place coincidentally this year in the finals at the ATP Masters in Miami, where Medvedev emerged victorious 7-5, 6-3. Sinner will be hoping to turn the tide and secure his first-ever win against the formidable Russian. Tennis enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await this showdown between these two exceptional athletes.