Alexander Zverev ends Carlos Alcaraz’s dream run in Vienna

The second seed, who earned both his 50th tour-level victory of the season and 300th tour-level career win this week, was at his impressive best on Saturday.

Alexander Zverev in a file photo (Image: Twitter)

Alexander Zverev stormed into his fifth tour-level final of the season on Saturday at the Erste Bank Open, producing a high-quality performance against a rising star. The German overcame Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-3 to end the 18-year-old Spaniard’s brilliant run in Vienna. The second seed, who earned both his 50th tour-level victory of the season and 300th tour-level career win this week, was at his impressive best on Saturday. He hit with great depth and impressively soaked up Alcaraz’s power to advance after 68 minutes. The 24-year-old now leads Alcaraz 2-0 in their ATP Head-2-Head series. Besides, he holds a 24-2 record since Wimbledon – clinching the Olympic singles gold medal and the Cincinnati title in that period.

“I finally found my rhythm from the baseline because I was really struggling,” Zverev said. “I didn’t feel the ball well and I spent some time on the court after the match yesterday and warmed up for an hour and a half before the match today and I finally got it. I am happy with how things are going and hopefully I can get another win tomorrow. The Olympics was the key factor. The match against Novak [Djokovic] made me believe that I can win any tournament I can play.”

Next up, Zverev will face either seventh seed Jannik Sinner or qualifier Frances Tiafoe in the title clash. The German bids to win his fifth tour-level crown of the season, having also triumphed in Acapulco and Madrid.

Fritz enters St. Petersburg final

Taylor Fritz continues to maintain his impressive form of late at the St. Petersburg Open, beating Jan-Lennard Struff 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 to reach his first tour-level final of the season. “It is amazing to have people cheering for me when I am so far away from home. I love all of the support,” Fritz said in his on-court interview.

Recently, the American player had defeated World No. 4 Alexander Zverev en route to his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final in October. He then continued that positive run in St. Petersburg, dropping just one set at the ATP 250 event.

Fritz produced a strong serving display against Struff, as he fought back from a set down to advance after one hour and 58 minutes. Thereby, he leveled their ATP Head-2-Head series at 1-1. The fifth seed will face qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp or Croatian Marin Cilic in the championship match.

“I played pretty well for a lot of parts in the first set but a couple of things didn’t go my way. I went up a break but then didn’t have the best service game and got broken back,” Fritz said in his on-court interview. “I had another chance to break and then got broken from 40/15 up. I recovered and brought it together and played a really solid second and third set.”




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