SHANGHAI, Oct 13: Daniil Medvedev won his fourth title of a spectacular year with a thumping 6-4, 6-1 victory over Alexander Zverev in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday.
Victory for the 23-year-old Russian, contesting a sixth final in a row, was more evidence that he is the prime contender to join the �Big Three� of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
The US Open finalist is also able to say that he has finally beaten the German Zverev, another young contender at 22, at the fifth attempt.
This was an emphatic statement from the World No. 4, needing just 74 minutes to seal the crown.
�I think the stadium was full today and you guys are amazing support, starting from my first match,� Medvedev told the crowd.
�You gave me good energy to win this tournament. Thank you very much, Shanghai will always be a special place in my heart.� Zverev, long touted as the best of the new generation of men�s tennis stars, was error-prone, but had no complaints.
�As I said yesterday, you are probably the best player in the world right now,� the World No. 6 told Medvedev.
�How you are playing is unbelievable.�
Medvedev made a fast start, winning his service game and then breaking Zverev�s for an early 2-0 lead. � AFP