Thursday , March 30 2023

After defeating Federer: Zverev wants his first big title


London –

After his semi-final emotional victory against Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev wants to crown his successful week at ATP Finals in London with the biggest title of his career so far.

At the end of the tennis season, he meets the German number one Sunday (19:00) in the final in the first Serbian world ranking Novak Djokovic. "Of course it will be a difficult task again. Novak is currently the best player in the world," Zverev said before the final.

Zverev must have also processed the events around the Federer game until the world's number one match. Because a little boy in the second set shot at the 3: 4 score from Zverev's point of view lowered the ball felt in the middle of the rally, the 21-year-old complained with good reason, so the point had to be repeated . Federer complained to the referee, but the decision was correct. In repeating the ball change, Zverev made the point and a little later the 7: 5, 7: 6 (7: 5) perfect surprise.

In the next winning interview, some spectators who previously claimed Federer whistled to the Germans. "Of course it was not an easy situation," said Zverev, who wanted to go to the hotel after the game to play at the Playstation and distract attention from the incidents during a massage.

But even if he lost the final on Sunday, Zverev may already be looking at a big financial situation. As the first German from Boris Becker 22 years ago, he is in the finals of the ATP Finals. Becker lost in 1996 to Frankfurt am Main in the final against Pete Sampras in the United States. A year before, the German tennis idol won the prestigious event as the last German to date. In addition to Becker, he succeeded in Michael Stich (1993) only another German. "Today's big sport against Roger," Becker wrote on Saturday.

"Of course I'm very proud to be in the final," Zverev said. "My team and I worked very hard for that." In the last game of the year, he wants to get everything out of him again, because after that he wished for weeks. "Either victory or defeat – then go on vacation." (DPA)

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