London (AP) – Alexander Zverev has started to measure at the ATP World Final, and can count on the end of the tournament in London when he first came to the semi-finals.
The 21-year-old hamburg beat Australia's open finisher Marin Chili 7: 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (7: 1), making a huge leap forward in the group Guga Kuerten. After a weak start and a 2: 5 deficit, Zverev became stronger in this process, leaving his Croatian opponent impossible to miss the wrong game in the crucial neck.
Zverjev responded relentlessly at the redesigned ball at 2:06, and he gladly listened to the audience. "It was a 100 percent work victory. With such a tournament, you do not want to start defeating," German said Sky.
Cilic was ready as a big rival hamburger for a possible second place in the group by industry leader Novak Djokovic were traded. Now Zverjev is likely to win a two-legged game against Serbs Djokovic and John Isner from the United States to make the first semi-finals for the informal World Cup. On Wednesday, Zverev will face Djokovic, who defeated Isner 6: 4, 6: 3.
"I think I'm doing very well. After a break, things went much better," explained the 21-year-old until his discovery. "Then it was a much better level." Zverev noted that the blue subway in London was "funny" and much faster than other tournaments.
Already in the previous year, the German won in his opening game in London against Cilic, but was later destroyed by two losses in the group. After the Grand Slam tournament in 2018, three times in the first week of the tournament, Zvereve now wants to win the big title – so it's best to start it in the UK capital. The young man also brought his tennis team veteran Ivan Lendlu to his training team.
On the impressive London O2 arena Zverjev was not successful on Monday afternoon. German played for the first three games, after 13 minutes he first buys a shot on the floor. In the first half hour, the German man was only one aspect of his consistency: his own dissatisfaction. Score 2: 5, but it improved. Zverev became more and more aware of his distress strikes, moved well and bailed out especially after their service. The last shoulder did not cause any problems.
After 65 minutes, a successful battle for the first German psychological kit was an advantage. Over and over again, he named his great playful potential. Zverev won more, made less mistakes and yielded better results. However, the game clearly perceived tension, bringing together almost 80 inevitable mistakes for competitors. The doubles with Primus Jokovich both Zverev and Cilic should be clearly increased.
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