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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – World number three Alexander Zverev qualified for the semi-finals of the ATP Finals in Turin, with an easy victory over Poland’s ninth Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 6-4 Thursday.
And Zverev hit a date in the semi-finals with the Serbian Novak Djokovic, the world number one, who qualified by leading the green group on Saturday, in a decisive meeting to qualify for the final.
Zverev secured his place by taking second place in the red group behind the defending champion and world number two, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, who had qualified for the same round by defeating Zverev in particular after a marathon match 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (8/). 6) Tuesday.
It will be the fifth meeting between Djokovic and Zverev this year, after the ATP Cup (Djokovic won in the group stage), the Australian Open (Djokovic won in the quarter-finals), the Olympics (Zverev won in the semi-finals), and the US Open (Djokovic won in the quarter-finals). in the semi-finals). The match will also be revenge for the 2018 final, which was won by the German.
“In almost every major tournament we have met on hard ground this year, the matches have been very close every time. It will be the same here,” Zverev said.
– ‘It wasn’t easy mentally’ –
“Mentally it wasn’t easy because I knew I had to win in order to advance to the semi-finals,” Zverev said after qualifying for his third semi-final. “I’m happy to qualify after winning two straight sets.”
The 24-year-old German benefited in his first opening match from the Italian Matteo Berrettini’s withdrawal in the second set due to injury, after he had settled the first set in his favour, 7-6 (9-7), and he advanced in the second 1-0.
Zverev qualified for the last square by defeating Hurkacs (24 years), without waiting for the results of the last match between Medvedev and the other Italian Yannick Sener, the 11th seed, who replaced his injured compatriot. Medvedev won the match 6-0, 6-7 (5-7) and 7-6 (10-8).
On the other hand, Hurkas was in front of the inevitability of beating Zverev to keep his hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals in Turin, after losing to Medvedev in three sets and then to Sener in two sets, and he also had to wait for the Russian to beat Sener this evening.
Zverev and Horkachs met for the second time, as the German won the first on the dirt floor of the Madrid Masters session for the thousand points in 2019, with a score of 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Zverev is participating for the fifth time in a row in the ATP Finals, where he won the title in 2018 by defeating Roger Federer and Serbian Djokovic on his way to winning the title. He also reached the semi-finals in 2019, before exiting the group stage last year. .
Since winning the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics in the summer, and winning the Cincinnati Games, Zverev has played in the semi-finals of the US Open and lost to Djokovic in five sets, before reaching the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells tournament, winning the Vienna Austrian title and qualifying for the semi-finals of the tournament Percy French.
On the other hand, Hurkacz is participating for the first time in the Final Masters, knowing that he had reached the semi-finals of the Percy tournament (lost to Djokovic), while he won the French Metz tournament last September.
Zverev broke his opponent’s serve in the first half, to come back and score three more games, leading 4-0 in just 10 minutes, so Hurkacz responded in the fifth game, making the score 5-1.
But Hurkacs was unable to resist his opponent’s blows and made several mistakes, which opened the door for the world’s third-ranked to win the first set 6-2 in 27 minutes.
The Polish started the second set by winning with his serve, and the German beat the German, where he got the opportunity to break his serve in the eighth game to advance 30-0, but Zverev saved 4 consecutive balls to equalize 4-4.
Hurkash collapsed in the ninth game and committed 3 errors on his serve and gave preference to his opponent, who excelled with his aces (11), to advance 5-4 and send to win the set 6-4 after 35 minutes and thus the match.
Medvedev narrowly beats Sener
In the second confrontation, despite Sener losing hope of qualifying before Medvedev’s duel, the Italian was close to winning in front of his fans, before losing 6-0, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (10-8).
“I think that if the season had been a little longer, he would have qualified directly for this tournament without playing the role of the substitute,” Medvedev said after the match.
“I hope next time if I win the match will be a little shorter. It’s true that I made an offer, but I want to rest.”
And the identity of the fourth qualifier to the semi-finals will be known when he meets Russian Andrey Rublev (5) of Norway, Casper Ruud (8) on Friday in the green group.
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