Zverev Books Spot In Semis At ATP Finals

Alexander Zverev

LONDON, November 16, 2018

The second semi-final spot in Group Guga Kuerten was filled on Friday by Alexander Zverev. The 21-year-old German defeated US-American John Isner 7-6(5), 6-3 to become the youngest Nitto ATP Final semi-finalist in nine years.

Zverev struck 18 aces, winning 85 per cent of his first service points to prevail after one hour and 21 minutes. “It’s obviously great getting to the semi-finals. But the tournament isn’t over,” said Zverev. “I am in the semi-finals. There’s only good opponents left. There’s only the best in the world. I’m playing Roger tomorrow, which is going to be a very difficult but hopefully very nice match. We’ll see how far I can go.”

Roger Federer is leading the pair’s head-to-head record 4-3. The Swiss also won their last meeting at the Hopman in January this year.

“Obviously it’s going to be a very difficult match. I mean, him on this surface, indoor court, he’s an unbelievable player. Played him a few times in all different conditions, all different surfaces. As I said, I’ll prepare myself for a very tough match.”

Isner said: “I feel like I ended this season on a pretty positive note. I played a positive match. I went for my shots. In that tie-break in the first set, I missed a few forehands, but I was going for my shots. He came up with a remarkable shot at 5/5… Credit to him.”

Doubles semi-finals set

Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo  recorded their first Group Knowles/Nestor win by beating this year’s top pair, Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, 7-6(4), 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes.

Later in the afternoon, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated Mike Bryan and Jack Sock 6-2, 6-2 to top their group and join the US-Americans in the semi-finals. The Frenchmen finished the encounter in 52 minutes, facing Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah next. Bryan and Sock will meet Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.

ATP Notes:

    • Alexander Zverev becomes the first German to reach the last four at the Nitto ATP Finals since Rainer Schüttler in 2003 (l. to Agassi).
    • Zverev on puctuality: “I come late to things sometimes. To non-important things, not to training, not to kind of physical training or anything like that. I come late to dinner or I come five minutes late to the car when it leaves.”
    • Kevin Anderson will take on Novak Djokovic, who beat Marin Cilic 7-6(7), 6-2, in the second singles semi-final. The 31-year-old Serbian leads thier head-to-head series 7-1.