ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev downs Hubert Hurkacz to set Novak Djokovic clash

World no. 3 Alexander Zverev is through to his third ATP Finals semi-final thanks to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Hubert Hurkacz in an hour and two minutes. Alexander defeated Hubert for the second time in as many encounters, winning 20 points more after a reliable performance on serve and return. Zverev served at 77% and never faced a break point, pushing hard on the return to secure three breaks and establish the pace. Alexander controlled his strokes nicely and built a massive advantage in the shortest and more extended exchanges, alongside a service winner in 35% of all initial shots. Zverev grabbed an early break in the encounter’s opening game when his rival sprayed a forehand mistake. World no. 3 held with a service winner in game two to cement the lead and broke at love in the next one to move 3-0 in front after only seven minutes against the opponent who was miles below decent tennis.

Alexander Zverev will face Novak Djokovic in the ATP Finals semi-final.

The German landed an ace in the fourth game to increase the advantage and fired an unreturned serve two games later for 5-1 and a dominant role so far. Hubert saved a set point in game seven and brought it home to prolong the action before world no. 3 clinched the opener with another service winner a few minutes later. Hurkacz found his range on serve in the last couple of games, holding at the beginning of the second set before Zverev placed a backhand down the line winner in the next one for 1-1. The Pole held at 15 in game three with an ace, and the German responded in the same way in the next one for 2-2.

In game six, Hubert reached the first deuce on the return before Alexander fired two powerful serves to lock the result at 3-3. Hurkacz saved a break point in game seven and held with an unreturned serve to increase his chances and hope for at least some damage on the return in the rest of the set. From 30-0 down, Zverev closed the eighth game with four straight points, finishing it with an ace and gathering a boost. The German grabbed a break at 4-4 after the Pole’s massive forehand error, moving in front and sealing the deal with four points in a row in game ten.

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