Alexander 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 pic.twitter.com/1RB8nEa2O4ATP 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 pic.twitter.com/UdS6Y8TMNoATP 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 pic.twitter.com/5CKfdvFJc9ATP 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)
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In this file photo taken on 25 July 2016, US Representative Elijah Cummings speaks during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump was hit with new accusations of racism Saturday after he attacked a prominent African-American lawmaker and branded the majority black city of Baltimore an “infested mess.”Trump’s outburst came in a series of sharply worded tweets aimed at Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings — a high-profile critic of Trump’s administration whose district covers much of Baltimore.”Cumming (sic) District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” the president wrote, calling it “the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States.””No human being would want to live there,” he said — in an attack ostensibly provoked by Cummings’ criticism of the harsh conditions facing would-be asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border.The morning diatribe ignited a storm of criticism, less than two weeks after the House of Representatives condemned Trump for “racist” comments targeting four first-term Democratic congresswomen who are ethnic minorities.The top Democrat in Congress, Nancy Pelosi, accused Trump of a “racist” attack on a “champion… of civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague.””We all reject racist attacks against him,” wrote Pelosi — who was born in Baltimore and whose father served as mayor of the city.Former vice president Joe Biden — the Democratic frontrunner to challenge Trump in 2020 — called out the president directly on Twitter.”It is despicable for you to attack him and the people of Baltimore this way,” Biden wrote. “Once again you have proved yourself unfit to hold the office. A president is supposed to lift this nation up. Not tear it down.”This file photo taken on 31 January 2014, shows Baltimore, Maryland, is reflected in a still and icy Inner Harbour. Photo: AFPThere was similar condemnation from half a dozen White House candidates including Cory Booker, who tweeted footage of a black CNN anchor and Baltimore native who broke down on air while reacting to the attack on his hometown.”This is painful. This is a moral, defining moment in America,” wrote Booker. “Silence is toxic complicity.”‘Disgraceful’ Democratic 2020 contender Kamala Harris, who like Booker is black, said she was “proud” to have her campaign headquarters in Cummings’ district and called Trump’s attack “disgraceful.”The city’s Democratic Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young — also black — rejected Trump’s rhetoric, calling it “hurtful and dangerous.””It was a total insult,” he told reporters. “We’re not going to ignore anyone degrading Baltimore city and its effective leadership, no one.”The editorial board of the city’s newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, took a direct swipe at Trump in a scathing column which concluded that it is “better to have a few rats than to be one.”A historic port city of 600,000 people, Baltimore presents a mixed picture, with both handsome and affluent neighbourhoods and poverty-stricken districts. It has one of the country’s highest murder rates.In this file photo taken on 12 April 2019, a man walks by a mural painting on a rainy day in the McElderry Park area in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: AFPCummings’ district is more than 50 percent black — and the city of Baltimore as a whole, more than 60 per cent.Cummings himself tweeted: “Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.”As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Cummings — one of the most prominent African Americans in Congress — has launched investigations into Trump administration policies, including reports of poor treatment at migrant detention centres.”Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous,” Trump charged.He attacked Cummings again Saturday evening after spending the day at Trump National Golf Club outside Washington.”Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through ‘Oversight.’ He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district!,” the president tweeted, adding the hashtag #BlacksForTrump2020.The broadside was reminiscent of Trump’s recent, racially charged onslaught against four young Democratic women lawmakers, who he said should “go back” to the “crime infested” places they came from. In fact, three were born in the US and all are American citizens.Trump denies accusations of racism — and has made a point of pushing for the release of US rapper A$AP Rocky, held in Sweden on assault charges, in an apparent effort to curb his unpopularity with black voters.But his calculated targeting of the “Squad” — as the four are known — was widely seen as a bid to galvanize his mostly white electoral base as he gears up for next year’s re-election battle.