Federer through to ATP Finals semis after win over Zverev
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).