London (dpa) – The long-awaited holiday Alexander Zverev has a little delay. But it can overcome the best German tennis player well, the reason is fun.
As the first German player since Rainer Schüttler 15 years ago, the 21-year-old has reached the semi-finals of the ATP World Championship and will now be rewarded with a duel against his idol Roger Federer. Zverev and Federer will face each other in London on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., and in the afternoon (9:00 p.m.) the leader of the world rankings Serbia Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson from South Africa will face each other in the second semifinal.
"Of course it's good to be here in the semifinals. But the tournament isn't over," said Zverev after a two-set win over American John Isner, who made it through the group stage for the first time in his second appearance in the top eight players of the tournament. "Now against Roger. This will be a difficult match but hopefully it's fun," said number five in the world.
The balance between Zverev and 16-year-old Federer spoke briefly for Switzerland. Of the five duels Federer has won three. So was a year ago at the ATP World Championship in London, when Zverev had to give up in the first round in three sets. "I hope I can balance the balance," Zverev said.
Two months ago, they both won the Laver Cup together in Chicago. "It is well known that we are good friends," said Zverev, who Federer is also a mentor. When Zverev retired at the Australian Open early in the third round, Federer took the young German aside and gave him courage. On Saturdays, Switzerland will not take into account genuine Hamburger. Finally, he was eyeing the 100th title of his impressive career in London.