In Montreal in 2017, the 20-year-old German Alexander Zverev won his second Masters 1000 championship. A year later, Zverev made a comeback to the Canada Open in Toronto as the second seed behind Rafael Nadal. Alexander met qualifier Daniil Medvedev in the third round.
The younger player with greater experience gained the upper hand and won decisively 6-3, 6-2 in 53 minutes to advance to the quarterfinals. With 56 of 86 points won and the advantage in serve and return, Zverev was superior than Medvedev.
One of his best outings on the Tour saw the German lose four points after the opening shot. On the other hand, the Russian had three break chances but failed to convert on any of them, allowing the opponent to advance to the round of eight. Alexander controlled his strokes well and limited the opponent to fewer than ten victories.
He prevailed against Daniil in the quicker and more difficult rallies for a laid-back workday. In the second game, Zverev made a rare error by sending a forehand long, putting Medvedev on the scoreboard. A few minutes later, he held at love to make it 2-1.
In Toronto in 2018, Alexander Zverev easily defeated Daniil Medvedev.
In the fifth game, the German launched another unreturned serve before the Russian retaliated with the same stroke to tie the score at 3-3 after only 18 minutes.
Daniil blasted a forehand error at 4-3, giving Alexander the initial break. Alexander then won three consecutive points to clinch the opening set 6-3 in 28 minutes. The German took a break to go ahead at 1-1, and the Russian, who had held at 15 at the start of the second set, was unable to respond.
In the following game, Zverev held with three victories and secured a break at love to take a 4-1 lead. In game six, Alexander, who was playing at full strength, hit an ace to extend the lead and force Daniil to serve to stay in the match.
With an ace, Medvedev won the seventh game, but that was the only time we saw him. In game eight, Zverev scored three goals to win, advance to the quarterfinals, and meet Stefanos Tsitsipas, another young player. Daniil acquired the required expertise and, a year later, faced Rafael Nadal in the Canada Masters championship game.