ATP World Cup Finals: Alexander Zverev sets up semis vs Roger Federer

first_imgAlexander Zverev advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP World Cup Finals after beating American John Isner in London on Friday.Zverev registered a 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Isner at the O2 Arena to become the first German to reach the last four at the ATP Finals in 15 years.The 21-year-old edged a tight opening set before breaking in the eighth game of the second to close in on his second victory in the Gustavo Kuerten group and move on to a semi-final clash against six-time champion Roger Federer.The #NittoATPFinals SF are set@DjokerNole vs. @KAndersonATP@rogerfederer vs. Sascha Zverev#ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 16, 2018Zverev became the first German in the semi-finals of the event since Rainer Schuettler lost in the last four to Andre Agassi in 2003 in Houston.World number 10 Isner still harboured hopes of reaching the semi-finals despite losing his first two matches.A straight sets victory and a win for Djokovic later would have seen him scrape into the weekend.When he levelled the tiebreak at 5-5 with a thunderous forehand return it still looked possible, but Zverev responded with a superbly improvised pass on the next point before Isner dumped a forehand into the net.Sensational SaschaWatch all the #NittoATPFinals action on @TennisTV World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 16, 2018Despite his hopes having gone, Isner stuck to his task in the second set but Zverev, still needing the victory to make sure of his semi-final berth, powered to his 56th match win of the year.advertisementZverev, the leader of the next generation of players expected to dominate the game in years to come, is the youngest semi-finalist at the tournament since Juan Martin del Potro reached the final in London in 2009.Congratulations SaschaSee you in the semis #NittoATPFinals World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 16, 2018The other semi-final will be between five-times champion Djokovic, who beat Zverev comfortably earlier this week, and South African debutant Kevin Anderson.Djokovic completed group play later on Friday when he beat Marin Cilic 7-6(7) 6-2 in a dead rubber to stay on course for the $2.7 million on offer for an undefeated champion.Not easing up despite having sealed top spot in the group, Djokovic won 31 consecutive points on serve during the match.Zverev last played Federer a year ago, losing in three sets at the O2 Arena, while Djokovic has beaten Anderson twice this year, most notably in the Wimbledon final — since when the Serb has been almost unbeatable, winning 34 of his last 36 matches.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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