Fed­erer through to ATP Fi­nals semis af­ter win over Zverev

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

LON­DON » A day af­ter the ATP Fi­nals lost Rafael Nadal to in­jury, Roger Fed­erer lifted spir­its at the O2 Arena by ex­tend­ing his stay to the week­end.

The 19-time Grand Slam cham­pion guar­an­teed his place in Satur­day’s semi­fi­nals by de­feat­ing Alexan­der Zverev 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1 on Tues­day.

The top-ranked Nadal’s with­drawal on Mon­day meant this was a clash be­tween the two high­est-ranked play­ers left in the elite sea­son-end­ing event, and it was pre­dictably close.

Fed­erer looked in con­trol when he broke in the open­ing game of the sec­ond set, hav­ing claimed the first via a tiebreak.

But Zverev pro­duced two breaks of his own to level the match.

Zverev, who won his open­ing match against Marin Cilic, will face Jack Sock on Thurs­day to de­cide who will join Fed­erer in the fi­nal four.

Sock recorded the United States’ first vic­tory at the event for 10 years by de­feat­ing Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

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