PARIS: Third seed Daniil Medvedev will face fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the final at the Paris Masters on Sunday.
Medvedev edged out the big-serving Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) in the first semifinal on Saturday for his third victory from as many meetings with the Canadian while Zverev shocked top seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 7-5.
The 24-year-old Medvedev, who won both the Cincinnati and Shanghai Masters last year, is looking for his eighth career title.
The world number five took a tight opening set by a single break as both men served strongly, dropping just four points on first serves between them.
The drama came at the end of the second set as, after Raonic missed three break points for a 5-3 lead, he was broken himself in the 11th game. But Medvedev failed to serve out the match as Raonic forced a tie-break. Medvedev powered into a 4-0 lead in the breaker, only for former Wimbledon runner-up Raonic to peg him back to 5-4, but he secured a final spot on his first match point with a smash into the open court.
On the other hand, Zverev broke 34-year-old Nadal's service three times during his straight set win to reach his maiden final in Paris. This will be seventh Masters final of the German. Agencies