Ball boy flub gives Alexander Zverev edge over Roger Federer — ATP Finals


The Swiss great faces Alexander Zverev in the last four of the ATP Finals, with a potential blockbuster of a final against world number one Novak Djokovic to follow on Sunday.

The battle of the big servers resulted in a 7-6 (5) 6-3 victory for German Zverev, ending Isner's debut in the tournament at the group stage. What lies ahead for the 37-year-old star from Switzerland? "This is the biggest title I have won", said Zverev. "I don't like to compare, so I can't tell percentage-wise where I was at Indian Wells, Miami to now".

Alexander Zverev beat Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Saturday to reach the title decider at the ATP Finals in a match that ended in confusion and high drama.

"It's obviously great getting to the semi-finals, but the tournament isn't over", said Zverev. You deserved to win.

Meanwhile, Backer also insisted his former ward, Djokovic will dominate men's singles season next year and pointed out the Serb is showcasing glimpses of his vintage self.

Novak Djokovic was aiming for a record-equalling sixth title to move level with Roger Federer, but he was unable to replicate the breathtaking form that saw him win every service game in his first four matches in London.

After recovering from a long time injury, Djokovic has had a dream come back to the court. He lost his serve in the first game which was big because he relies so much on his serve. He served the set out crisply with three aces, taking his first serve percentage to 88 for the opener.

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Zverev 18 times filed through, committed 2 double faults and converted one break point. You barely lost a match all year though you lost to me.

Becker believes there is a scope for improvement for Zverev, especially when it comes to achieving Grand Slam success. "When you lose a close match like this you always have, wherever they are in the match", admitted Federer, who missed the chance of clinching his 100th career title in the French capital.

For once Djokovic was unable to wear down his opponent and, coupled with his below-par service game, was unable to seriously threaten Zverev.

Federer said: "He apologised to me at the net". I was making way too many unforced errors. "From 4-4 in the first set, my game really fell apart". "But if we put things in perspective it has been an wonderful year and a great comeback".

Zverev has already won three Masters events, but this title is a step up.

There should be a lot to look forward to in 2019.

"The second half of the season could have been better maybe".

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Yesterday's game was the fourth career meeting between Djokovic and Zverez. "Hopefully I can keep that going". Tonight I just wanted to enjoy being out there'. "Obviously the crowd didn't appreciate it, I was a little bit sad at the end with the booing. I mean I won one of those, he won five", he told a news conference.

"When I get to play Roger, I know I have to get the best out of myself in order to win".

Now Zverev has evened the Head to Head by defeating Djokovic 6/4, 6/3.

"Oh my God", said Zverev, who also became the first German victor since 1995. "But overall it was a phenomenal season that I have to be definitely very proud of".

"He's been playing some really good tennis, very solid from back of the court, very strong and great serve", said Djokovic.

"So when it happens, it gets very personal and we take it very direct".

"He's playing awesome tennis". In the full-capacity Bercy Arena, the two superstars didn't let crowds down as their encounter went in a dramatic manner with two sets forced into tie-breaks.

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