Sport Federer tames young gun Zverev

05:38  15 november  2017
05:38  15 november  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Federer makes winning start at O2

  Federer makes winning start at O2 Roger Federer opened his quest for a seventh ATP Finals triumph with a confident dismissal of debutant Jack Sock.Roger Federer opened his quest for a seventh ATP Finals triumph with a confident dismissal of debutant Jack Sock at London's O2 Arena on Sunday.

Roger Federer labelled prodigy Alexander Zverev as "the full package" after beating the German to book his place in the ATP Finals knock-out stages. Federer tames young gun Zverev .

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Roger Federer made it through to last four of the ATP Finals for 14th time in 15 appearances after seeing off young German Alexander Zverev 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-1 at London's O2 on Tuesday night.

Federer and Zverev came into their clash having won two games apiece against each other. The Swiss world No 2 beat the German in Halle but Zverev returned the favour at the Montreal Masters.

Rafael Nadal's dramatic withdrawal has left Federer as the only genuine star left in London and is the clear favourite to lift his seventh year-end title at the grand old age of 36.

But Zverev is setting tongues wagging after an impressive year in which he has won five tournaments. Federer was forced to repel three break points against the German as early as the opening game. That was the closest any player came to a breakthrough in a contest which was hotting up nicely.

Zverev makes dream London debut

  Zverev makes dream London debut Germany's rising star Alexander Zverev made a dream debut at the ATP Finals as he battled past Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic in three sets on Sunday evening. Zverev, who is the youngest Tour Finals qualifier since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008, fought back from a break down in the deciding set to record a 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory.The towering 6ft 6in 20-year-old had already underlined his emergence with five titles this year, extending his winning run over Cilic to four matches as the budding star enthralled spectators at the O2 Arena.

Roger Federer made it through to last four of the ATP Finals for 14th time in 15 appearances after seeing off young German Alexander Zverev 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-1 at London's O2 on Tuesday night. Federer and Zverev came into their clash having won two games apiece against each other.

YOUNG GUNS .

a man holding a tennis racket: Getty© Provided by BSkyB Getty Federer was motoring by the ninth game, which he wrapped up in just 63 seconds, but his opponent was happy to go toe-to-toe, and denied the 19-time Grand Slam champion two sets points to take it into a tiebreak.

The 36-year-old usurped a 4-0 lead to the 6ft 6in bit-hitter, who netted on his own set point opportunity at 6-5, to pay the price as Federer took it 8-6 after 54 minutes of spectacular action.

When Federer broke a frustrated Zverev at the start of the next set, the writing looked to be on the wall. But the third seed composed himself to hit back and complete a remarkable turnaround to take it into a decider following a loose forehand from the Swiss on his third set point chance in the 12th game.

Goffin upsets Federer

  Goffin upsets Federer Belgium's David Goffin pulled off a huge shock to beat six-times champion Roger Federer 2-6 6-3 6-4 in the semi-finals of the ATP Finals in London. Few gave the willowy world number eight a prayer against the Swiss favourite, especially having lost all six previous meetings, but he staged a remarkable comeback after being outclassed in the first set.Federer, the world number two, snaffled the opener in 33 one-sided minutes as he feasted on Goffin's steady medium-pace game.But Goffin broke serve with a forehand winner in the second game of the second set and consolidated his advantage to take the match into a decider.

“A tough match overall,” Federer said. Zverev , who turns 20 next month, downed Wawrinka 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, and showed no ill effects by playing just 24 hours after winning a three-setter over John Isner that went entirely to tiebreakers. Originally published as Young gun stuns Stan, spoils birthday.

Zverev has now won two of his four matches against Federer . Germany's Alexander Zverev became just the third man to beat Roger Federer this year as the 20-year-old German won his fifth title of 2017 in Montreal. Zverev , ranked eighth, won 6-3

The Swiss star composed himself again to break down a man 16 years younger with six straight games in the third set to make it through to the semi-finals after two hours and 11 minutes of thrilling action.

Shot of the match Federer enjoyed the battle

"It was a good battle and I always enjoy myself at this beautiful arena," said Federer. "I have so much fun playing in London and I have been so successful here. Thank you for making it such a special night.

"I'm happy and relieved that I can play freely against (Marin) Cilic, instead of it being a nail-biter. It's been a tough group so to be through in two matches is great."

Experts' verdict What's next

Table-topper Federer will play his last round-robin match against Marin Cilic, who he beat in the Wimbledon final earlier this year, while Jack Sock will take on Zverev in a winner-takes-all clash for the right to join the world No 2 in Saturday's semi-finals.

The season-ending extravaganza ATP Finals ends another memorable year which will be covered via our website www.skysports.com/tennis with live blogs, reports, reaction and expert analysis as the season reaches its climax.

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