On Wednesday, Daniil Medvedev secured his spot in the ATP Finals’ semifinals by defeating Alexander Zverev 7-6 (9/7), 6-4.
In another match, Carlos Alcaraz smoothly defeated Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-2 to kickstart his campaign. Medvedev ranked third globally, needed a straight-set victory to advance, and he successfully navigated a tough Red Group encounter against Zverev.
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Now, he is set to face Alcaraz in his final match, where the outcome will also impact the world number two’s chances of reaching the semi-finals.
“I hope that I feel well tomorrow and ready to fight because this tournament is tricky,” said Medvedev.
“I’m into the semis but you want to keep the rhythm and against Carlos… if we play at night you don’t want to finish 7-6 in the third (set) at midnight. I just hope I can show my best tennis.”
Zverev, a two-time champion at the year-end tournament, could have advanced from the Red Group with a win of any kind following Alcaraz’s earlier triumph.
Despite hitting more aces and winners than Medvedev, the 26-year-old found himself on the losing side after surrendering his service game crucially.
Zverev still has a chance to progress, and in his final match, he will face a discouraged Rublev, who has yet to secure a set at the Pala Alpitour.
World number two Alcaraz, facing challenges in form and fitness in recent months, was at risk of early elimination after losing his first match to Zverev.
However, he displayed improved condition on Wednesday and comfortably secured his first-ever victory in the season-ending tournament, breaking a three-match losing streak in the process.
Rublev’s Struggles Continue as Alcaraz Dominates
The 20-year-old, Alcaraz, convincingly defeated Rublev, who once again struggled in a crucial match, losing composure after dropping a service game.
“I’m really happy to show this level and realize that my level is still there, giving myself a chance in this tournament,” Alcaraz told reporters.
“After this win, everything has changed in my mind.”
Facing a set and break deficit, the 26-year-old vented frustration by damaging his knee with a racket, later collapsing.
Despite downplaying the incident, Rublev acknowledged emotional struggles amid a challenging season conclusion.