ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Sets Up Roger Federer Last-Four Clash

ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Sets Up Roger Federer Last-Four Clash

"He was up a break in both sets but it was a very important match, you don't want to start the group stages with a defeat so it's a very important win".

The 21-year old Zverev defeated his 31-year old opponent 6/4, 6/3, in their very first face-off in the finals of the 2017 Rome Masters.

As well as ensuring qualification, Roger Federer's straight-set win over Kevin Anderson last night gave us another victor for the week.

Djokovic beat Zverev in straight sets in his second round robin match of the ATP Finals at London's O2 Arena.

This is also evidenced by Djokovic's 16-2 head to head lead over the Croat - although it's 2-2 in the last three years - but across all of these match-ups, Cilic has struggled big-time on serve, holding below the 70% mark, and only winning around 58% of service points.

So, it's more hard than in other tournaments, so everybody has to kind of find their rhythm in the first match.

Zverev took a 6-3 lead in the play-off to give himself three set points, and although Cilic defended the first two, Zverev drew him into the net before beating him with a backhand passing shot to take the first set 7-6 (5).

"He obviously made a lot of unforced errors that allowed me to win, probably easier than expected".

Zverev is emerging as one of the Tour's brightest young stars after climbing to fifth in the world. He will now face Djokovic on Friday, and Isner, with two defeats, will play against Zverev.

Zverev has one win and one loss, with two sets won and lost, and has won 19 games and lost 24.

Isner double-faulted to hand Cilic a decisive break in the eighth game of the second set and then did the same to gift Cilic a break at the start of the third.

Alexander Zverev says his mentor, Ivan Lendl, is a very nice guy but "I don't need to be put in a corner".

Djokovic had to wait a few hours to learn of his progress to the last four, which was confirmed thanks to a gritty fightback from former Wimbledon finalist Cilic.

Cilic saved one match point in the 10th game as they headed into another tiebreak but Zverev powered to victory giving up only one point.

Djokovic said: "It's great to be back in the 02, it's been a lucky place for me over the years".

"If I made the break, it goes the other direction a little bit", Zverev said.

Cilic said: "I asked him if it was out and he showed me that it was out, clearly, so just I didn't - I was not going for a challenge".

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