OWithout shining, Alexander Zverev achieved his first victory at the ATP Finals in London and thus preserved his chances of reaching the semi-finals. The German number one won on Wednesday against the Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6: 3, 4: 6, 6: 3 and thus rehabilitated at least in terms of the result for the weak performance in the opening defeat against the Russian Daniil Medvedev. After 2:11 hours, Zverev used his first match ball. “It was much better than on Monday. Diego is very difficult to play. I am happy that I won and that I got the chance to reach the semi-finals, ”said Zverev.
In the last group game, Zverev will meet world number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia on Friday, but will have to improve significantly. “Now I’m looking forward to the game on Friday. Playing here against Novak is the hardest thing there is. I will have to improve significantly, I am aware of that, “said Zverev in the first winner interview on the pitch.
Far from being in top form
Zverev showed himself a little better two days after his defeat against Medvedev, without even approaching his top form. But against Schwartzman, a mixed performance was enough for the 23-year-old to win the third win in the fifth duel with the Argentine. Zverev also prevailed in the final of the second tournament in Cologne at the end of October.
In the O2 arena, which was almost deserted due to the coronavirus pandemic, it took Zverev a while to get going. The native of Hamburg received an early break to make it 1: 2, but managed the re-break immediately and found his way into the game better afterwards. After 39 minutes, Zverev won the first round with the first set ball.
Zverev looks more stable against Schwartzman
Zverev seemed a little more stable overall than against Medvedev. His serve came better this time, in the first set Zverev only made three double mistakes – against the Russian there were already twice as many at the same time. However, Zverev, who had traveled to London with thigh problems, still did not move completely around and often seemed unfocused. The headlines about the allegations of violence by his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharipova seem to burden Zverev more than he publicly admits.
Against Schwarzman, the US Open finalist quickly pulled away to 3: 1 in the second set, but then completely lost the thread and had to give up the second round after 1:32 hours with 4: 6. He made 16 avoidable mistakes in the second sentence. Out of frustration, Zverev punched the ball on the empty stands and quarreled with his coach David Ferrer.
But in the third set, Zverev increased a little again and made the decisive break to 3: 2. Although he wobbled a few more times afterwards, in the end he secured victory.