Zverev Sets Up Federer Semifinal

Gerry Weber, Open

[38] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [42] Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)

Zverev seems to learn from his losses and after losing to Baghdatis in their one previous encounter, he was ready for the challenge.  He was a little frustrated with his game and was more demonstrative than I have seen….chatting furiously after every error he made; however, the verbal discourse did not distract him from playing some extremely high quality tennis.  Both guys played brilliantly in the first set, but Zverev wore Baghdatis down, mentally and physically.  He played mature tennis when it mattered, staying in the rallies much longer than Baghdatis expected.  Zverev is showing that he is ready for the big time and he believes in his abilities. Today he avenged his loss by winning 7-6(9), 6-3 and his reward, the king of grass, Roger Federer in the semifinals.  Zverev lost their one previous encounter earlier this year.  Can Zverev turn the tables on Federer?




Aegon Classic, Birmingham

[16] Madison Keys (USA) vs. [38] Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)

Grass is where Keys won her first title so expect her to be a force on this surface.  After a rocky start to the year, Keys has gradually worked her way back into top form.  She made it to the final in Rome last month before losing to Serena Williams.  She had a challenge today from the Latvian teenager and had to shrug off the disappointment of losing the first set in the tiebreak to win the match.  Keys has all the weapons and the match was hers to win or lose.  If Keys can keep her head and minimize her errors, she can beat anyone on this surface….any surface for that matter.  She won 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2.

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