Medvedev beats Zverev to win Paris Masters

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Daniil Medvedev claimed the Paris Masters title as he came from behind to bring Alexander Zverev's fine run of form to an end.

Germany's Zverev - winner of back-to-back titles at indoor hard court events in Cologne last month - edged the first set before Medvedev fought back to triumph 5-7 6-4 6-1 in two hours and seven minutes.

The Russian said: "I'm really happy with the final, with the win here, especially my level of game was really top level this week. I think it's not easy for guys to play against me when I play like this.

"Today was a really tight match. And I need to say after the first set I didn't know actually what to do, because I had zero break points.

"I didn't feel good returning his serve. He serves amazing. I was feeling like the match could slip (out) of my hands.

"I managed to stay really strong, be there all the time. I got four break points at one-all in the second, and (then I was) putting pressure on him all the time, raising my level step by step, and finally he broke."

Zverev, who defeated Rafael Nadal in the semis, admitted he was "dead" in terms of tiredness at the end of the second set.

"The third set was always going to be very difficult for me," he said.

"I knew that I had to win in two sets, and once I lost the second set I knew it was going to be difficult, especially against him who is not somebody who is very wild.

"You know, he's very composed. He's going to make you run for every point."

The 2020 US Open runner-up was playing this week for the first time since his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova accused him of serious physical assault, which Zverev described on social media as "unfounded accusations" and "simply untrue".