Majestic Medvedev leading the NextGen
Significantly, Zverev’s captivating quarter-final 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-3 triumph over Roger Federer, which included five match points dismissed in the second set, illustrated his mental resolve and warned the rest of his peers that Sascha is back.
“I’m on a good path again. But obviously I have to be on this path for a longer period of time,” said Zverev. “But making finals of a Masters is huge for me right now, and I'm very happy about that.”
The Shanghai final was the first Masters 1000 silverware showdown to feature players under 24 since Novak Djokovic (22) and Gael Monfils (23) duelled in the Rolex Paris Masters of 2009.
Medvedev has been majestic, Zverev appears to have turned a corner and Next Gen prospects have been bolstered by Tsitsipas toppling Djokovic last week in Shanghai.
The question of how to stop Nadal, Federer or Djokovic has been asked for over a decade, but now the narrative is how to deny Daniil.