Alexander Zverev in Monte Carlo in the semi-finals

TInes Olympic champion Alexander Zverev reached the semi-finals of the ATP Tour in Monte Carlo after a big fight. The 24-year-old defeated Italy’s Yannick Sener 5:7, 6:3, 7:6 (7:5) in the heat on Friday and is still hoping for his first championship win of the year. After 3:07, Zverev converted his first match point in a duel between two injured players, in the meantime hitting the Hamburg player from below.

“It means a lot to me, especially how this year has gone so far for me. I lost a lot of these matches,” Zverev said of his win. “That’s in the back of my mind, this win will definitely help me.” “We have to see,” Zverev said of the additional effects.

Zverev nun Jijen Tsitsipas

After an early exit from world number one Novak Djokovic, Zverev became the highest-ranked professional on the Masters 1000 on clay, worth around €5.2 million. In the role of the big four, he meets Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday. So far this season, Zverev has been in the Montpellier final.

Germany’s top tennis player got off to a better start against Sinner, sprinting 4:1 and dominating aggressive offensive play. Encouraged by the majority of fans at Court Rainier III, Sinner resisted and won the first set.

The rhythm at Zverev disappeared at first. However, the Hamburg player immediately made up for the serve loss up to 1:2 and cured himself for a long time when the score was 3:2. The faulty struggled with a blister on his big toe. At first, both players barely noticed their injuries, and Zverev won the second set at a high level.

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It seems that the third place in the world rankings is dominant. When he served from below, the crowd booed him. Zverev was twice ahead with a break, and Sener did not give up. The tiebreak also remained tight, Sinner’s backhand error perfect Zverev’s success.

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