Zverev calls Idol Federer in the semi-finals of the ATP World Championship – dpa


London (dpa) – The long-awaited holiday Alexander Zverev has a little delay. But this can surpass Germany's best tennis player, the reason is pleasing.

As the first German player to play against Rainer Schüttler 15 years ago, the 21-year-old has reached the ATP semi-finals of the world championship and will now reward with a duel against his great idol Roger Federer. Zverev and Federer will meet in London on Saturday at 15.00, and in the late afternoon (21.00), Serbian world champions Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson from South Africa will face each other in the second semifinals.

"Of course it's great to be here in the semifinals, but the tournament is not over yet," said Zverev after his double victory over US John Isner, who made his first round in a joint competition in the second round of the eight best tournaments of the season. "It is now against Roger. It will be tough, but hopefully a nice game," said number 5 in the world.

The balance between Zverev and the 16-year-old Federer speaks briefly to the Swiss. Of five duel Federer won three. Even a year ago, at the ATP World Championships in London, Zverev had to surrender in the first round in three rounds. "I hope I'm balanced," Zverev said.

Two months ago both of them won the Laver Cup in Chicago. "It is well known that we are good friends," said Zverev, who is also a Federer mentor. When Zverev retired in the Australian Open at the beginning of the year in the third round, the young German took the young German and gave him courage. The Swiss will not take into account the domestic hamburger on Saturday. Finally, he strives for the 100th title of his impressive career in London.


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