The ATP Finals today's semifinal between Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev is a fascinating duel of generations with a completely open finish.
At the age of 37, Roger Federer would have just about generations of duels. Although the "Next Gen (eration) ATP" always shows promising approaches, progress is not yet successful. And so, Federer usually wrestles with more than 30 representatives, like Kevin Anderson on Thursday, for the highest honors.
Saturday (15.00), but it is different once. Alexander Zverev is most likely to make laurels for younger players – and is now following his first Masters final in his second appearance. For Basler, however, it is already the 15th semifinal; has lost four times (2002 against Lleyton Hewitt, 2009 against Nikolai Dawydenko, 2013 against Rafael Nadal and last year against David Goffin). With six titles, Federer is also the winner of the eight-year tournament.
While he has not yet reached the quarter-finals at Grand Slam (this year in Paris) at Palmarès, Zverev shines regularly at the highest level. In Madrid, he has already won the third Masters 1000 title this year – two titles more than Stan Wawrinka or Juan Martin Del Potro, for example. And this season, nobody has won more games (56) than Zverev.
While he is still tired of long games on three winning sets, Zverev is, in any case, very dangerous for 16-year-old Federer in "short form". After all, he won two of the five duels. The last direct encounter, however, lost a year ago in the O2 Arena in the three-set group stage – and missed in the semifinals episode. Now he wants to do better. "It will be a difficult but beautiful job," says the son of former Alexander Senior Soviet professional. "In recent weeks, Federer has played incredibly well again, which is a bit disappointing because Novak is back in the top."
The power of the free days
Federer has discovered acute problems of starting with the old power. "I'm happy with my week," the Swiss said late Thursday night. "It may not look like 72 hours ago." Federer tried something new in the big tennis – at the advice of his coaches Severin Lüthi and Ivan Ljubicic. "They asked: How about a free day?" And since Federer, as he says himself, is a big fan of enough holidays and has had enough free time, he immediately agreed.
So the team made the absolutely right decision. The day made Federer happy and put him in the mood to play big again. Therefore, it also took off on Monday, also on Monday.
On Friday and especially on Saturday she had to adjust her routine. Federer already has this time at 14 hours local time (15 hours in Switzerland). Sleeping until 11 o'clock on Saturday is not announced. In the evening, Novak Djokovic's top favorite plays in the Wimbledon final against South Africa Anderson.