Zverev’s ATP Fi­nals win over Fed­erer tainted by ball boy flub

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

Af­ter pulling off one of the big­gest wins of his ca­reer, Alexan­der Zverev was left apol­o­giz­ing for an un­forced er­ror he didn’t make.

Zverev de­nied Roger Fed­erer a shot at a 100th ca­reer ti­tle by beat­ing the Swiss great 7-5, 7-6 (5) at the ATP Fi­nals on Satur­day in Lon­don to ad­vance to a cham­pi­onship match against No­vak Djokovic.

Fed­erer was lead­ing the sec­ond-set tiebreaker 4-3 and in the as­cen­dancy of a rally on a Zverev ser­vice point when a ball boy dropped a ball. Zverev im­me­di­ately sig­naled for the point to be stopped and the um­pire or­dered the point to be re­played. Zverev served an ace and won the match mo­ments later.

“I want to apol­o­gize for the sit­u­a­tion in the tiebreak,” said Zverev, who was booed dur­ing his on­court in­ter­view. “The ball boy dropped the ball so it’s in the rules that we have to re­play the point.”

Zverev, 21, will face five-time cham­pion Djokovic, who de­feated Kevin An­der­son 6-2, 6-2.

Boxing

May­weather’s ex­hi­bi­tion vs. kick­boxer on again: Floyd May­weather’s three-round ex­hi­bi­tion match against Ja­panese kick­boxer Ten­shin Na­sukawa, 20, is on again for New Year’s Eve in Tokyo with knock­outs al­lowed but likely no de­ci­sion granted on a win or loss.

Ski­ing

Shiffrin wins World Cup slalom opener: Mikaela Shiffrin built on a first-run lead to com­fort­ably win in Fin­nish La­p­land. It was Shiffrin’s 33rd ca­reer vic­tory in a slalom.

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