Zverev surprises Federer and puts the direct to the ATP Finals

The German, dominator with his serve, gave no options to the Swiss, who managed to lift five match balls in the second set but was overtaken in the final sleeve.


Alexander Zverev continued with the day of surprises that the 1,000 Masters of Shanghai have brought us this Friday. The German, who is in full countdown in search of a place for the Nitto ATP Finals, starred in one of the surprises of the day after beating Roger Federer in three sets by 6-3, 6-7 (7) and 6- 3 in two hours of game. Zverev, very forceful with his serve (17 direct serves and 78% of success with his first service) was superior to a Federer who threw caste to save up to five match balls in the second set but was quite inaccurate with several of their blows during a good part of the game

The match began with an intractable Zverev with his serve at the start of the game while Federer was struggling to retain his services. In the sixth game Zverev broke the Swiss serve to keep his distance and take the first sleeve 6-3.

In the second set Federer seemed to wake up after breaking the service of Zverev in the second game although Zverev refused in the next game and again showed himself very safe with his serves. The German came to take 6-5 in favor and serve but Federer pulled a caste to save three match balls and take the set to the tiebreaker. In the tie-break Zverev had Federer on the ropes with some wonderful remains and had two other match balls but the Swiss asserted his experience and took advantage of the nerves and mistakes of the German to take the tie-break by 7-9.

The third round started very uphill for Federer since the German came to get 3-0 in favor after breaking the serve of a nervous Federer in the second game. While the German was asserting his powerful service, Federer, who had his plus and minus with the chair judge, found it difficult to carry out his services. At the sixth game ball Zverev managed to close the game with his serve to take a giant step towards being in the Nitto ATP Finals and access the semifinals of the 1,000 Masters in Shanghai, where Dominic Thiem or Matteo Berrettini will be measured.



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