Alexander Zverev saved his event hopes alive with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Diego Schwartzman on Wednesday on the season-ending ATP Finals. With Zverev’s victory, Daniil Medvedev can advance to the semifinals if he beats prime-ranked Novak Djokovic later Wednesday in the empty O2 Arena. Djokovic may advance with a match to spare however should win in straight units.
Zverev, coming off what he had described as one among his worst matches of the season in his opening loss to Medvedev on Monday, led 3-1 in the second set earlier than his Argentine opponent battled again with two breaks.
A visibly pissed off Zverev fired a ball into the empty stands after dropping the second set.
The 23-12 months-outdated German recovered and broke Schwartzman twice in the third set. Schwartzman, who struggled with unforced errors, despatched a forehand into the online to finish the match.
Schwartzman broke early in the primary set, however like in Monday’s loss to Djokovic he instantly gave it again. Zverev broke once more for a 4-2 lead because of Schwartzman’s unforced errors.
Djokovic has received the elite, season-ending occasion 5 occasions — one in need of Roger Federer’s document.
On Thursday, Rafael Nadal will play Stefanos Tsitsipas with a semifinal place at stake.
Nadal has misplaced to Tsitsipas simply as soon as in six conferences — on the 2019 Madrid Open. He beat Tsitsipas right here final 12 months in the spherical robin earlier than the 22-12 months-outdated Greek went on to win the title.
“Gonna be another tough one,” Nadal stated Tuesday, looking forward to the Tsitsipas match after dropping to Dominic Thiem. “I think playing like this, I am confident that I can have my chances in the tournament.”
Tsitsipas, after beating event newcomer Andrey Rublev, stated he’ll play aggressively towards Nadal.
“Play rallies, apply pressure, serve well,” he stated. “It’s part of the game that I want to play against Rafa. I have to start strong and finish even stronger.”
Nadal has by no means received the ATP Finals.
Also Thursday, Thiem faces Rublev. The Russian is 0-2 and might’t advance.
“Doesn’t matter even if I’m already out,” he stated publish-match Tuesday, “still I have to play my maximum, because in the end it’s (the) best players and I need to perform my best.”