Alexander Zverev booked his place in the ATP Finals semi-finals, where he meets world number one Novak Djokovic with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Hubert Hurkacz in Turin on Thursday.
The German player won the match in his favor in one hour and two minutes, achieving the fastest victory in the tournament so far, and he will join defending champion Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals of the red group.
The 24-year-old will meet green group leader Djokovic for the fifth time this year after losing to him on three occasions, including the semi-finals of the US Open, but he beat the Serbian in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics.
The world number three said: “I’ve met Novak at every major hardcourt tournament this year. We’re known for reaching the advanced stages in the major tournaments, and it’s going to be an exciting match.”
Zverev wants to make his mark in Turin after winning his first match after injured Matteo Berrettini withdrew before losing three sets to Medvedev on Tuesday.
The 2018 champion revealed his intentions in the first set against Hurkacz, after he broke his Polish opponent’s serve in the first half, and then quickly advanced 4-0, and it took only 27 minutes for Zverev to win the set 6-2.
But Hurkacz refused to leave his first final tournament so quickly and recovered his serve to improve in the second set.
He could have broken his opponent while he was leading 3-2, but Hurkacz made several mistakes to give Zverev a break opportunity to lead 5-4 and then the German dominated the match to set up a meeting with Djokovic after beating the Serbian in the 2018 final.
“The match was mentally stressful today because I needed to win,” Zverev said.
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