Young, gifted and in World Tour Fi­nals

Herald on Sunday - - VEITCHY ONSPORT -

Alexan­der Zverev has qual­i­fied for the ATP World Tour Fi­nals for the first time.

The 20-year-old Ger­man will be the youngest player to com­pete at the sea­son-end­ing tour­na­ment since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008, a year be­fore it moved to Lon­don’s O2 Arena.

Zverev has en­joyed a su­perb sea­son, win­ning two ti­tles, in­clud­ing Masters tour­na­ments in Rome and Mon­treal, and climb­ing to No 4 in the rank­ings.

He joins Rafael Nadal and Roger Fed­erer in book­ing his place at the event, which be­gins on Novem­ber 12, leav­ing five spots still up for grabs.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a great event, play­ing in the O2 Arena is some­thing amaz­ing for any player,” Zverev said on at­p­world­

“The at­mos­phere is amaz­ing. I will be ready for it. This shows me how well I played all over the sea­son, how con­sis­tent I was, and I think that’s some­thing ev­ery player is very proud of.”

Zverev has also qual­i­fied for the in­au­gu­ral Next Gen Fi­nals in Mi­lan the pre­vi­ous week and must now de­cide whether to play in both.

Play­ers are al­lowed to skip the Next Gen event, fea­tur­ing the lead­ing seven play­ers of the year aged 21 and un­der plus one wild­card, if they are in the field for the ATP Fi­nals. Zverev qual­i­fied for the fi­nals by mak­ing the China Open semi­fi­nals af­ter beat­ing An­drey Rublev in straight sets.

The No 2 seed next faces Nick Kyr­gios. Aus­tralia’s

Alexan­der Zverev

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