Zverev Faces Mathieu In His Third Career Semifinal

Open Sud de France, Montpellier

QUARTERFINAL: [CR85] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [CR121] Michael Berrer (GER)

It was their first meeting and a semifinal berth was at stake.  Berrer had the advantages of age and experience; however, in the end, his age may have cost him the match as it was a physically and emotionally draining ordeal.  It was also a well-played match from both players.  They both went for their shots resulting in an extremely high number of errors from both players; however, that should not undermine the intensity and quality shot making displayed throughout the encounter.  The inexperience of youth was also apparent as Zverev squandered several match points in the third set at 5-4 up. Nevertheless, his confidence throughout the match came to his rescue in the end when he finally converted on his fifth opportunity to win in three sets. His thrilling defeat of Marin Cilic in the previous round was backed up today as he secured the first spot in the semifinals with the 6-7(2), 6-2, 7-5 defeat of his countryman.

 

022016PHMathieuQUARTERFINAL: [CR78] John Millman (AUS) vs. [CR93] Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

Mathieu was once ranked as high as number 12 until knee surgery in 2011 saw his ranking plummet to 733.  His opponent was no stranger to injury as he also had to recover from shoulder surgery in 2013. This was also a well-played match that went the distance.  The slight advantage went to Millman who was brimming with the confidence of his recent good play; yet, Mathieu was banking on his experience of having defeated Millman in two previous matches, albeit qualifying rounds.  They were both drained by the time the match ended, Mathieu, the older player, was affected more and it showed as he got a time violation warning in the third set. However, it was Mathieu who dug deep into his reserves and prevailed 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-3.  He will meet our spotlight player, Alexander Zverev, in the semifinals. This should be a good match for Zverev and I see no reason why he won’t be in his first career final on Sunday.

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