Sunday, 08 November 2020 19:47

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World number five Daniil Medvedev won his eighth ATP title as he beat Alexander Zverev 5-7 6-4 6-1 in the Paris Masters final.

German Zverev, who won two titles in as many weeks in Cologne last month and beat Rafael Nadal in Saturday's semi-finals, took an early advantage.

But Russian third seed Medvedev rallied to win in two hours seven minutes.

It was only in his second win in seven meetings with Zverev, adding to his 2019 Shanghai Maters Final success.

Medvedev, 24, sealed a place in his first final since that win in China 13 months ago, with a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) win over 10th seed Milos Raonic on Saturday.

And after a closely fought opening two sets against 23-year-old Zverev, ranked seven in the world, he raced into a 4-0 lead in the decider and soon wrapped up an impressive victory.

"It is great. I am really happy,"said Medvedev in an on-court interview. "I don’t show this after the match, but I am really happy to win matches. Before the tournament, I was not in my best form, playing not so bad with zero finals this year. I was complaining to my wife like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t have the level. I don’t even have one final. I am playing so bad.’ Finally, I am the winner of Bercy, a tournament that I love."

Medvedev joins countrymen Marat Safin, Nikolay Davydenko and Karen Khachanov on the Paris honour roll.