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Alexander Zverev Sets Up Roger Federer Last-Four Clash — ATP Finals

17 November, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Second-seed Federer, chasing his 100th title, beat Anderson in straight sets to top the Lleyton Hewitt Group on Thursday but both players progressed, meaning early exits for Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem.

The 21-year old Zverev defeated his 31-year old opponent 6/4, 6/3, in their very first face-off in the finals of the 2017 Rome Masters.

Alexander Zverev labelled the length of the tennis season "ridiculous" after appearing to run out of steam against Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals on Thursday (AEDT).

"The win, that's the most important thing", said Zverev, who failed to advance from the round-robin stage on his debut previous year.

Zverev nailed a trademark backhand victor down the line to earn five more match points and converted the first with a powerful first serve that Cilic could only fend into net.

"I am going to enjoy some quality time with my family and then get ready for the last game in the group".

In what promised to be one of the more competitive encounters this tournament, Alexander Zverev took on World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and certainly in the first few games, they started to deliver one of the better matches we had seen.

"I think he can still play better than he did today and that is really scary for everybody else who is involved in this event.' Zverev faded away considerably in the second set against Djokovic".


Zverev is emerging as one of the Tour's brightest young stars after climbing to fifth in the world.

Zverev was able to keep Djokovic at bay with his thunderous serve at the start of the first set.

The result also secured Zverev a semi-final showdown with 20-time Grand Slam victor Federer.

Djokovic was in action later on Friday against Croatian Marin Cilic but Zverev's win made that tussle academic, apart from the 200 ranking points and $200,000 on offer for each round-robin win at the event.

The world No.1 saved two break points at 4-4 in the first set and went on to win seven of the next eight games as he wrapped up a comfortable victory in 74 minutes.

The net game always looked risky for Zverev and so it proved as he double-faulted to concede the set. But I came up with some great shots in the tiebreak as well.

Cilic broke for 4-3 in the second but, ever the nervous front-runner, he promptly let Zverev straight back in and had to save a match point serving at 4-5.

"I don't think it was breathtaking tennis, but a win is a win", said Djokovic.

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