Zverev con­fi­dent he’ll meet Roger in fi­nal

London Evening Standard (West End Final A) - - SPORT - Matt Ma­jendie Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

ALEXAN­DER ZVEREV be­lieves he can set up a fi­nal show­down against Roger Fed­erer at the ATP World Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don on Sun­day de­spite los­ing to the 19-time Grand Slam win­ner last night.

The 20-year-old buck­led in the third set of a thrilling en­counter, which he lost 7-6, 5-7, 6-1 to the tour­na­ment favourite. But Zverev, a pre­co­cious tal­ent who does not lack for con­fi­dence, said: “Maybe you’ll see me on the week­end still. I feel very con­fi­dent go­ing into to­mor­row’s match against Jack Sock [who beat Marin Cilic yes­ter­day]. For me, I played the bet­ter match of the two.”

Vic­tory en­sured Fed­erer’s place in the semi-fi­nals on his 15th ap­pear­ance at the ATP World Tour Fi­nals and, al­though vic­to­ri­ous, he ad­mit­ted he was in awe of Zverev.

“I don’t think I qual­i­fied for the ATP World Fi­nals at 20 so I’m very ex­cited for his fu­ture,” he said. “What I like about Zverev is he’s got the full pack­age. He’s al­ready three in the world but he’s only go­ing to get stronger from here.

“He’s go­ing to leave the Fi­nals, re­gard­less if he qual­i­fies for the semis or not, with a lot of in­for­ma­tion.”

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