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Alexander Zverev Reviews Latest Win In Madrid, Looks Ahead To Shapovalov Clash

The German is bidding to win his third Masters 1000 title this week.

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MADRID: Second seed Alexander Zverev extended his winning run on the tour to seven consecutive matches following his win over John Isner at the Madrid Open.

 

The world No.3 rallied to a 6-4, 6-4, triumph over his American rival in a late-night match at the Caja Magica. Dropping only six points behind his serve throughout the entire match. Zverev secured the win by breaking only once in each set and firing five aces past his rival.

Zverev’s victory is a sense of sweet revenge for the German. Earlier this year he was denied the Miami Open title after falling to Isner in three sets. This time round on a completely different surface, he seized upon his opportunity.

“The surface is a big change. His serve was more difficult to return there (Miami), I did very well here (in Madrid). He’s still tried to play very aggressive. He still tries to play the same way. I just feel that it was a better match for me.” Zverev commented when comparing the two matches.

Set to play in the semifinal of a Masters 1000 event for the fifth time in his career, the 21-year-old is upbeat about his current form on the tour. Since 2016, Zverev has reached 11 ATP finals and have won trophies in seven of them.

“Playing John at altitude on this court. He’s playing very well, so I would say yes.” He replied when asked if it was the best match he has played yet in Madrid.
“I feel like I have been playing well all week. For me, it was a great match. I am already looking forward to the semifinals.”

In Saturday’s semifinals, he will take on Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian got the better of Kyle Edmund 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-4, in a battle of the rising stars. It will be the second time the two have locked horns on the tour. The first occurred last year in Montreal, where Zverev prevailed in two tight sets.

“He’s been playing great tennis this week so far.” He said of Shapovalov. “It’s not going to be an easy match, but there are no easy matches in the semis of a Masters. I’m just looking forward to that.”
“Hopefully it will be another entertaining match up.”

Zverev will play his semi-final match not before 21:00 local time (GMT+1) on Saturday.

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Pierre Sugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut reach the doubles semifinal at the ATP Finals in London

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut secured their spot in the semifinal of the ATP Finals doubles tournament with a 7-5 7-6 (7-3) win over Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in 1 hour and 33 minutes. The French teeam won 75 % of their first serve points and fended off three of the five break points.

 

The French doubles team earned the early break to race out to a 5-2 lead. Krwietz and Mies fended off a set point and broke back to draw level to 5-5. Herbert and Mahut held serve at love before breaking serve in the 12th game to win the opening set 7-5.

In the opening game of the second set Herbert made a double fault to drop serve. Mahut and Herbert broke back to draw level to 4-4. Herbert earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3.

“We didn’t know before the match that we needed to win in straight sets to qualify tonight. We just wanted to come on court and win this match”, said Mahut.

 

 

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Alexander Zverev Denies Using Phone During Match At ATP Finals

The world No.7 has insisted that he didn’t break any rules at the season-ending event.

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LONDON: Reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev has denied allegations that he was swiping through his phone during a sit down in his latest match in London

 

A series of Twitter users posted footage of the German placing his hand in his bag. It appeared as if he was using a phone or some sort of electronic device. Using his thumb to either press a button or swipe something. Despite the allegations, Zverev has denied any wrongdoing. 

“My phone was in the locker room. I always leave it there. I don’t know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone.” Zverev replied when quizzed in his press conference. 

Under rules set out by the ATP, it is an offence for players to use their phones during matches and they could potentially be penalised. The rule is in place as part of fight against match-fixing in the sport. 

“A player is not allowed to use any electronic devices (e.g. CD players, mobile phones, etc.) during matches, unless approved by the Supervisor.” The 2019 ATP rulebook states. 

Despite the 22-year-old stating his innocence, questions remain about what he was looking at inside his bag. Which is located next up the chair of the match umpire. Asked to explain, he said it might have been ‘an empty water bottle.’ 

 

Zverev will play his final match of the round-robin stage at the ATP Finals against Daniil Medvedev. He is currently 1-1 in the group after defeating Rafael Nadal before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday. 

“Days like this happen. It’s just how it is in sports.” Said Zverev after his latest loss. “Against Rafa, I played a great match. Today I didn’t. This is just how it is sometimes, even though I have to give credit to him. He played really well.”
“There are a lot of things that I did not do great, and I have to change that to have a chance on Friday.”

There are three possible scenarios in which Zverev can qualify for the semi-finals. The most simple is that if both he and Nadal or Tsitsipas win their next matches. He can also qualify if he loses to Medvedev in three sets and Tsitsipas wins. 

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Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles tournament in London

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Former ATP Finals champions Jean Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horia Tecau from Romania beat 2019 year-end number 1 team Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-2 5-7 10-8 after 90 minutes in Max Mirnyi Group of the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London.

 

Tecau broke serve with a backhand crosscourt winner to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set. The Romanian player went up a double break with a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-2 to seal the opening set after 28 minutes.

Cabal and Farah did not convert any of their break points in the ninth game of the second set before breaking serve for the first time in the match two games later to claim the second set 7-5 forcing the match to the decisive set.

Rojer and Tecau went up a 6-2 lead in the Match Tie-Break. Cabal and Farah won four consecutive points to draw level to 6-6. Rojer and Tecau rallied from 7-8 down by winning three consecutive points to claim the Match Tie-Break 10-8.

Rojer and Tecau have now a 1-1 record in Group Max Mirnyi. The Dutch and Romanian team took the re-match against Cabal and Farah, who won their previous head-to-head clash in five sets at Wimbledon en route to their maiden Grand Slam doubles title.

“I am happy with our form. We lost the first match and knew we would need to bounce back against a very good team. We played a very good first set, prior to them making adjustments in the second set. We played a really good Match tie-break”, said Rojer.

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