Alexander Zverev defines Alcaraz SF in Vienna | ATP circuit


Alexander Zverev continued his quest for his fifth circuit title of the season on Friday at the Erste Bank Open, beating Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to win his 50th victory at the circuit level of the season and reach the semi-finals in Vienna.

The second seed, who earned his 300th circuit victory on Thursday beating Australia’s Alex de Minaur, was solid on serve, scoring 80% (40/50) of the points behind his first delivery. The German recovered from a dive in the second set as he increased his level in the decider to advance after two hours and six minutes.

“I have made it difficult for myself again, this has to stop happening,” Zverev said. “An easy mistake and the second set is gone. But I’m proud of myself because at the start of the second set it could have gone easily. “

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Zverev now leads Auger-Aliassime 4-1 in their ATP Head2Head series, taking revenge for his loss to the sixth seed in the fourth round at Wimbledon in July.

The world number 4 will face Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz #NextGenATP in the last four games after 18-year-old Italian Matteo Berrettini surprised 6-1, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5) for reach his first ATP 500. semi-final.

“He [Alcaraz] has improved a lot, “Zverev added.” He’s made great strides forward and he’s a great player, so I’m looking forward to this game. “

Zverev is making his second main draw appearance in Vienna, having reached the quarter-finals in 2017. Earlier this season, the 17-time tour-level titlist triumphed at the ATP Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Cincinnati. The German also lifted the trophy in Acapulco and won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

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After winning 100 percent (9/9) of his first serve points in the first set, Zverev took the lead and appeared in control. It was until the eighth game of the second set, when the German missed a volley over the net at 30/0. Auger-Aliassime continued to break through in this match, before equalizing on serve.

However, Zverev regained his focus and composure in the decider and converted on his sixth breaking point in a mammoth 16-minute decider sixth game. Zverev then sealed the victory when Auger-Aliassime hit a long backhand

With his loss, Auger-Aliassime’s attempt to qualify for the Nitto ATP final suffered a heavy blow. The 21-year-old is 12th (2420 points) in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin, 535 points behind Hubert Hurkacz, ninth. The Pole is currently in the last qualifying spot with eighth-placed Rafael Nadal sidelined for the remainder of the season with a foot injury.

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