Zverev Defeats Federer, Sets Up Djokovic Re-match

Zverev Federer Djokovic

Nitto ATP Finals, London

Singles Semifinal: [3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [5] Alexander Zverev (GER)

Federer led their head-to-head 3:2 having won their last encounter; however, Zverev has learned from his last appearance at the ATP Finals and this year he was more prepared to handle the occasion. The first set showcased Zverev’s power against the legend known as Federer and it was only fitting that the set was so tightly contested.  At 5-6 down and serving to stay in the first set, Federer went down 0-40 giving Zverev his first break points of the set and an errant forehand by Federer sealed the deal. Zverev broke the first opportunity he got to win the first set 7-5.

As expected Federer came roaring back in the second set and he broke Zverev for the first time in the match in the third game; however, it was a short-lived lead.  Zverev was not happy at losing his serve and he broke back immediately in the fourth game to get back on serve. Federer was highly upset at relinquishing the lead so easily; however, there was not much he could do against the focused power from the young German.

The second set went to a tiebreak as both players held on to their serve for the remainder of the set. If Federer wanted another shot at winning yet another ATP Finals trophy, he needed to win the second set, force a deciding set and win the deciding set; however, he came up short today. While he was able to hold his serve and force the tiebreak, he was unable to make an impression on Zverev’s serve in the tiebreak. Serving at 4-5 down in the tiebreak, Federer missed an easy volley into the net to give the first mini break to Zverev. At 6-5 up Zverev had his second match point and this time it was on his serve; he sealed the deal with a swinging backhand volley at net to win the match 7-5, 7-6(5).

Zverev served brilliantly and played well at the net; yet, will he be enough to defeat Novak Djokovic in the final? He lost in straight sets earlier in the week to the number one ranked player, what will he do differently to change the outcome of tomorrow’s match?

SOURCE OF IMAGE: Zimbio.com (Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe: Alexander Zverev)

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