Men’s Semifinal:  Alexander Zverev (GER) vs.  Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
Was it a case of Pablo Carreno Busta getting tight, or Alexander Zverev deciding at 0-2 down, he had nothing to lose? Perhaps it was none of the above, a combination of the above, or was injury the unexpected variable?
CARRENO BUSTA ON FIRE
Zverev started out playing as if he had no desire to be on the court. Worse, as if he simply wanted to stay in bed and play later; his lack of energy and focus would cost him dearly.
The Spaniard eagerly capitalized on his opponent’s lack of engagement and quickly went up two sets to love. Surely, he could hold on and get to his first major final.Embed from Getty Images
ZVEREV DIGS DEEP
When Zverev is dialed in, he serves brilliantly, and his backhand is a weapon that has toppled of few of the greats. Today his weapons went awry in the first two sets. He had to make some changes quickly, or his chance of getting to his first major final would be gone, again.
Digging deep, perhaps recalling his recent run to the 2020 Australian Open semifinals, Zverev took control of his serve. The German cleaned up his act by winning seventy-eight percent of his second serves and eighty-three percent of his first serves to fluster the Spaniard.
INJURY, ZVEREV OR BOTH?
After securing the first two sets, the Spaniard had an injury time out and he never played with the same intensity after that. It is difficult staying focused when you are not injured, add an injury and questions go around in your head, destroying your concentration.
How much do I have left to give? Could I be hurting myself seriously if I continue playing? Should I just retire? This is a chance to get to my first major final, perhaps I can gut it out?
There is no doubt the Spaniard gave everything he had, but the German was equally determined to capture his first finalist berth at a major. Hampered by his injury the Spaniard was a shadow of the player who won the first two sets and the German grew in confidence with each set he won.Embed from Getty Images
COMEBACK VICTORY FOR ZVEREV
Despite the injury, the Spaniard did not quit. Zverev began playing cleaner tennis, as reflected in the statistics. He made thirty-six errors in the first two sets; however, he only made twenty-one errors in the last three sets.
The serve and the backhand are his weapons, and he used them effectively in the latter stages of the match to secure the 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory.
WELL DONE ZVEREV!!
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