At the 2017 Citi Open in Washington, two up-and-comers who had already established themselves on the ATP Tour met in the quarterfinals. The more seasoned player, Alexander Zverev, defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 6-4 in 58 minutes to advance to the semifinals and keep his title hopes alive.
The penultimate game of the opening set saw the German save two break chances despite being far in front after dropping ten points in nine service games. Medvedev only won 37% of the points after receiving the second serve and missed three of the five serve opportunities given to Zverev.
In the second set, the Russian started to perform better. She kept up with the German for the first eight games before Alexander picked up the pace and broke to win the match at 4-4. Zverev outscored Medvedev 20–14 in service wins and scored 14 direct points to Medvedev’s 5, with no backhand wing shots.
Only six of Alexander Zverev‘s games versus Daniil Medvedev in Washington in 2017 ended in losses.
The number of both forced and unforced errors was the same. After adding 15 more victories, Alexander increased his lead to 34 to 19. Seventy percent of the points were decided in rallies of four strokes or less.
Zverev clearly had the advantage over them, winning 42 and losing 27. In the prolonged exchanges, where Alexander took a tenuous 16-13 lead, Daniil fought valiantly. In the first game of the match, Zverev broke Medvedev at game point fifteen and extended his lead with three service aces in the following game.
Daniil squandered his chance for a better outcome in the first after only 14 minutes when he suffered another break at 1-3 after committing two double faults. In the eighth game, Alexander missed a few open shots and faced break opportunities.
After 25 minutes, he saved them with style and finished the set with a serve that went unreturned. With a backhand winner in the sixth game of the second set, Zverev put the match away. Medvedev then produced another strong hold to give his team a 4-3 lead.
In game eight, Alexander took the lead after a 14-stroke rally at 15-30 and finished it off with two service aces to tie the match at 4-4. Since Daniil gave in under pressure in the ninth game, it turned out to be critical. He blew a game point and immediately after the serve, he blasted three awful backhands, losing the game.
At 5-4, the German was serving for the win when he hit four winners to take the lead. He then hit his 20th service winner in the decisive point to win the match and move on to the next round.