Federer fends off Zverev to reach semis — ATP Finals

Bill Rogers
November 19, 2017

The result: Boris Becker Group: Jack Sock bt Alexander Zverev 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. I felt I was playing in a way that I also like, playing forward, playing attacking tennis.

The world number two had never lost to his opponent and all seemed to be going to plan as Federer cruised through the first set.

Dimitrov made the breakthrough after taking his second break point chance with an aggressive forehand in the eighth game. A shot through the legs by Sock in the fourth game - be it laziness or his "showtime" alter ego it isn't quite clear - either way it looked as though Sock was losing his focus and fell quickly to 4-0 down in the second. "Things really turned around for him at that moment".

By now, Sock had won more games than Dimitrov had relinquished in his previous two games combined.

The sixth seed started where he left off by making a blistering start, winning the first three games.

"That last game really took it out of me, his forehand was giving me real trouble today", Dimitrov said after the match. It could be the expectations for him, as well.

It could have gone either way, even the last rally of the match was a fraught, drop shot fuelled fight.

London [U.K], November 15 (ANI): 19-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer saw off a spirited challenge from 20-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany to reach the semi-final of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals here on Wednesday.

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The World No.2 looked too uncharacteristically agitated on court to suggest he was competing for a ideal Round Robin performance, but it seems the heightened expectations were taking their toll.

"After the first match against Rafael I wasted so much energy, I was not ready for Grigor, but I had a good rest yesterday and was ready for today, and I hope I can do the same for the semi-finals".

"I was able to turn that around, you know, late in the second set. I had to remind myself I'm through regardless but of course I want to do well and keep the momentum going".

"I've never found a key to beat Roger".

But 22 minutes in and the world No. 2 held a comfortable 4-1 lead. And again 'come on Roger!' on set point to Cilic.

"I think in the beginning I was slightly overaggressive in the first set on some crucial points rather than maybe being patient".

By now, Roger looked to have relaxed into the game and closed in on a quick deciding set in just 26 minutes.

Nearly nothing could separate the rivals in serving department, although Roger created 11 break points against 3 for David (they both scored 2 breaks), and Goffin won just 4 points more than Federer.

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