Alexander Zverev Sets Sights on ‘One Thing Missing’ After ATP Finals 2022 Triumph

Published 11/22/2021, 10:02 AM EST
Alexander Zverev celebrates kissing the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev | Credits: Reuters


The men’s World No. 3 player, Alexander Zverev, concluded his 2021 season in emphatic fashion yesterday. Defeating the defending champion Daniil Medvedev in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, Zverev grabbed the Nitto ATP Finals trophy. With this victory, Zverev managed to claim his second ATP Finals trophy, and the German seems hungry for more.

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Riding on cloud nine, Zverev talked about his great season. Zverev’s victory at center court in Turin made him the first player since Andre Agassi in 1990 to win the consecutive semi-final and final matches against the top two players in the world.

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“It was obviously a great year. To capture the title here has been incredible. Give me the trophy!” Zverev exclaimed at the presentation.

Alexander Zverev has big hopes for the 2022 season

In the second half of the 2021 season, Zverev has been playing phenomenal tennis. After winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics, Zverev secured the fifth Masters ATP 1000 title of his career this year. After that, he topped off his exceptional season with the crown in Turin.

Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 16, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his group stage match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

2021 saw Alexander Zverev making his mark on all the major platforms and levels of the game. Squashing World Number 1 Novak Djokovic‘s dreams of The Golden Slam, Zverev put the entire world on notice as a big-match player. Subsequently, the triumph in Turin was his sixth title of the year.

With a tour-best 59 wins, Zverev has his eyes set on Grand Slam glory for next year.

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When asked about what’s next, Zverev was clear about what he wanted going into the 2022 season.
“I have succeeded on every single level, and there’s one thing missing,” Zverev said. “I hope I can do that next year,” he stated.

 The pressure is on for Novak Djokovic

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

With the ever-improving performances of Zverev and his finalist opponent Russian Daniil Medvedev, the pressure is certainly on the top-seeded Djokovic to defend his titles against the youngbloods. Medvedev has already defeated the Serb on the grand stage of the US Open 2021 and will be looking for more.

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Zverev will be looking to open his Grand Slam title tally, after winning at most other major events on the tour. Do you think Zverev will grab a Slam in 2022?

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, Samarveer admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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