Reigning champion Daniil Medvedev moved to the brink of the last four at the ATP Finals on Tuesday by edging out Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6) in a dramatic match in Turin.
Russian second seed Medvedev missed two match points in a gripping deciding-set tie-break before getting over the line at the third time of asking.
“Definitely one of the matches to remember,” said the US Open winner, who beat Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in his opening group encounter.
Medvedev now leads Zverev 6-5 in their head-to-head, having also beaten him in the round-robin stage last year.
“Sometimes that’s how tennis is,” he added. “You just try to do your best. Sometimes luck is on your side, sometimes not.”
Medvedev is not guaranteed a semi-final place yet, though, as defeat by alternate Jannik Sinner in his final group match would leave him level with the young Italian and Zverev, should the German see off Hurkacz.
Sinner replaced fellow home hope Matteo Berrettini in the draw and made an immediate impact by thrashing Hurkacz 6-2, 6-2. Wimbledon runner-up Berrettini withdrew due to the abdominal injury which forced him to retire from his first match against Zverev early in the second set.
In front of a large crowd at the Pala Alpitour arena on Tuesday,…