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