Monday, December 6

Confident in the semifinals: Zverev makes a duel with Medvedev clear


The semifinals in Paris have been decided – and Alexander Zverev is at the start. The world number four prevailed against Casper Ruud and will now meet US Open winner Daniil Medvedev. Novak Djokovic and Hubert Hurkacz will contest the second semifinals.

Among the last four: Alexander Zverev

Among the last four: Alexander Zverev

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By reaching the semifinals at the Masters 1000 tournament in Paris, Olympic champion Alexander Zverev continued his streak of success. The best German tennis player defeated the world number eight Casper Ruud from Norway in the quarter-finals on Friday 7: 5, 6: 4. In the week after winning the title in Vienna, the Hamburg-based company was separated from the next tournament victory by two more wins.

In the semifinals on Saturday (not before 4.30 p.m. / Sky), however, the Russian US Open champion Daniil Medvedev is waiting and a difficult challenge. The other semifinals will be contested by the Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic and the Pole Hubert Hurkacz.

Against Ruud, Zverev managed the decisive break after a long balanced first set to 6: 5. The crux of the second round was that the 24-year-old took the service game from the two-year-old Norwegian to make it 2-1 – and then managed to break his own against himself despite three breakballs in a row. It did not take revenge that the world number four from Hamburg did not use further chances in the service of the opponent.

Like Zverev, Ruud has already won five tournaments this year, making the two the most successful title collectors in 2021. The ATP event in Paris is endowed with around three million euros.


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