Federer vs Zverev : The first semifinal of 2018 ATP Finals, Federer vs Zverev will be played between second seed Roger Federer and third seed Alexander Zverev. Although they both lost a match each during their round robin stage, Federer topped his group whereas Zverev finished second behind Novak Djokovic in his group. This is the 15th time that Federer has made it to the semifinal stage at the year-ending championship, and he Federer vs Zverev ,is going to meet a player who has made it this far for the first time in his young career.
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Federer and Zverev have each improved through the week in London. Federer looked lost in his opening-match defeat to Kei Nishikori, while Zverev looked despondent in his loss to Novak Djokovic. By Thursday and Friday, though, both men had found a more confidently aggressive form. Zverev, in particular, was unusually upbeat in his semifinal-clinching win over John Isner on Friday. More importantly, he served unusually well, firing 18 aces in two sets. Zverev as a servebot is an entirely different, and scarier, proposition than the one his opponents have seen over the second half of this season.
Can Zverev serve that well, or approximately that well, on Saturday, when faced with a more consistent returner? Federer is 3-2 against Zverev, and he won their last meeting, at this event 12 months ago. He’s also a six-time champion in London, and he’ll be coming off a day of rest. It’s possible that Zverev is building to a breakthrough this week, and that he will come out and overpower Federer. But all else being equal, it’s more likely that Federer will
Roger Federer and Zverev will face off for a place in the ATP Finals final on Saturday, with the duo’s clash promising to be blockbuster.Zverev has booked his place in the semi-finals after overcoming John Isner on Friday, who he beat 7-6, 6-3.
Federer, meanwhile, survived a shock opening defeat to Kei Nishikori to make the last four courtesy of wins over Dominic Thiem and Kevin Anderson.
And Zverev has now recalled how Federer gave him words of advice after he was knocked out of the Australian Open in the third-round back in January.
Federer has beaten Zverev in three of their two showdowns so far.
And Sky Sports pundit Greg Rusedski believes the Swiss maestro is back to his best following his thumping of Anderson.”I thought Federer was excellent tonight,” Rusedski said on Sky Sports.“Tactics were superb. He served better, improved dramatically from his second match again.
The numbers say this will be one-way traffic, with Djokovic doing the driving. He’s 7-1 against Anderson, hasn’t lost to him since 2008, beat him easily in the Wimbledon final, and he beat him again in Shanghai this fall. But Anderson likes the great indoors: He’s won two indoor events this year, and he played two excellent matches to start this week, against Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori. He could power his way through a set on Saturday as well, but probably not two. Whether it’s Federer or Zverev waiting in the final, Djokovic is going to want to meet him, and beat him, to cap his meteoric Tennis comeback in proper season-ending style.
The semifinals are all set for the Tennis Nitto ATP Finals. Roger Federer had to shake off an uninspiring start to the tournament by claiming two successive wins to earn his spot in the last four. Alexander Zverev did it the hard way too, beating John Isner in his final group match to become the youngest semifinalist at the ATP Finals in nine years. That record was last held by Juan Martin Del Potro, and it shows the strides taken by the young German in his quest for glory.
Zverev’s semifinal opponent will be the 6-time champion of the Nitto ATP Finals, Roger Federer, who last won at this event in 2011 before Djokovic rose to be the dominant man in London. Zverev’s victory over John Isner was his 56th tour-level win this season, which is a career-best for the German. Surprisingly, with that win, he is also guaranteed to finish the year with the most tour-level victories, ahead of both Djokovic and Federer.
Roger Federer bounced back from the disappointment of losing to Kei Nishikori for just the third time in his career with two solid wins against Dominic Thiem and Kevin Anderson to comfortably top Group Lleyton Hewitt, and secure his place in the semis of the ATP Finals for the record 15th time. His performance against Anderson was outstanding and he later explained after the match he always deTennisrs during clutch moments.
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Prediction: I think from seeing Federer and Djokovic in opposite sides of the group, it felt inevitable they would meet again in the finals. But let’s not count the chickens just yet. I remember last year Federer was odds-on favorite to win the tournament and ended up losing to David Goffin out of the blue in the semis. Zverev has the game to beat Federer. He already has two wins against the Maestro and knows what it takes to beat Federer. Incidentally, their last meeting was at last year’s Nitto ATP Finals at the round robin stage, when Federer won in three sets. Federer is vulnerable and there were many 30-30 games on Federer’s serve when he played Anderson, which Zverev can do better than the South African. I am going for the upset here which will deny us the “dream” final.