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Alexander Zverev, 4th in the world and finalist last year, qualifies with authority for the semi-finals of the US Open on Wednesday in New York, Summer. winning in three sets of 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 and 6-4 the South African Lloyd Harris (46th).
The 24-year-old German could then cross paths with Novak Djokovic at Flushing Meadows, if the Serbian world no.1, in search of a historic calendar grand slam, manages to pass the obstacle. Matteo Berrettini (8th) in the evening.
Zverev, who has served as a serious title contender since his Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, having passed Djokovic in the semifinals, and winning the Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati two weeks ago, put in a round to take the measure of his opponent, who had so far never passed the third round of a major tournament.
After clearing a break to get back to 5-4, Zverev was pushed into the decisive game, Harris getting an innings point at 6-5. The German, however, chained three points, taking advantage of unforced errors from his rival at the worst time to pocket the first set.
Frustrated, the South African violently threw to the ground two bottles which burst and sprayed the court at the level of the left lane. Which led her, along with Zverev, to wipe up the cement by dragging towels with her feet to help the staff with the work.
The German, who had finally grasped the momentum, wanted to take advantage of the momentum. And he also managed an entry break by starting to unleash his blows, including his famous devastating backhands along the lines, his serve (20 as ) taking charge of ensuring the winning of the second act.
Same scenario in the third set, Harris immediately conceding his face-off, then the next. Zverev then went on to execute his punches perfectly, including some nice climbs on the fly. Author of a start, his rival robbed him of a serve game, but he refocused to keep his second break in advance and finish it in a little more than two o’clock.
A demonstration of strength that will boost his confidence for the future, he who was so close to winning the New York tournament last year. He was two points away from victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who eventually knocked him down in five innings.
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