Stan Wawrinka to face ‘fu­ture of ten­nis’ Zverev in Rus­sia fi­nal

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Stan Wawrinka will try to fol­low up his U.S. Open cham­pi­onship with another ti­tle in St. Peters­burg after beat­ing Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (8), 6-2 in their semi­fi­nal yes­ter­day.

Un­beaten in 10 matches, the Swiss star must beat fifth­seeded Alexan­der Zverev to win the ti­tle after the Ger­man teenager dis­posed of To­mas Berdych in the first semi­fi­nal.

Seeded first in St. Peters­burg, Wawrinka had to come through a tough first set against Bautista Agut. The Spa­niard had two set points in the tiebreaker and saved one of his op­po­nent's be­fore Wawrinka con­verted his sec­ond set point.

Bautista Agut couldn't re­spond in the sec­ond set as he won just seven points on Wawrinka's serve.

"For me to make the fi­nal, it's re­ally good, re­ally pos­i­tive," said Wawrinka, who called Zverev "the fu­ture of ten­nis, for sure."

The Ger­man sur­prised third­seeded Berdych 6-4, 6-4 and will chase his first ca­reer ATP ti­tle today in his fam­ily's orig­i­nal home coun­try of Rus­sia.

Zverev bom­barded Berdych with fast, ac­cu­rate serves while the Czech vet­eran strug­gled, land­ing just 44 per­cent of first serves in the sec­ond set and lead­ing 30-20 on un­forced er­rors over­all.

Berdych had three break points when Zverev served for the match, but the Ger­man kept calm to fight back and close out the win.

Zverev is 0-2 in ca­reer fi­nals, hav­ing lost in Nice and Halle this year. Wawrinka is 15-9 in ca­reer tour fi­nals, but has won 11 straight fi­nals dat­ing back to Jan­uary 2014. It will be the first time the two have played each other.

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