Alexander Zverev vs Roger Federer
|Date & Time||Saturday November 17, 2018, 10:30 AM (EST)|
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Roger Federer will be playing Alexander Zverev in the semifinals of the 2018 ATP Finals in London.
Roger Federer had a shockingly poor start to the tournament as he was beaten by Kei Nishikori in the opening round but the Swiss Master has fought back well. In his previous match, Federer beat Kevin Anderson in straight sets. It was a dominant performance by Federer as he won 4 break points to ensure Anderson had no opportunities to gain an advantage in the match. Roger Federer is hugely experienced and has an exceptional record at this tournament having won this event in 2010 and 2011. Such a record will give Federer a massive advantage in this match considering it is an elimination match and the pressure will be high on both players.
On the other side of the court, Alexander Zverev beat John Isner in his previous match to secure qualification to the semifinals. Zverev is an exceptional player and he showed his skills in his previous match as he won in straight sets. During the victory, Alexander Zverev served exceptionally well as he hit 18 aces and won over 78% of the points played during his service games. Zverev won all of his service games while breaking Isner’s serve once to ensure victory and a spot in the semifinals. Zverev has played very well this tournament as he has a record of 2-1 with his only defeat occurring in his match against Novak Djokovic. As far as form is concerned, Zverev has the ability to match Roger Federer but the Swiss Master has much more experience which could be a decisive factor.
Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer have played 5 times. Federer has the stronger head-to-head record of 3-2. The most recent match between these two players was at the 2017 ATP Finals where Federer won in 3 sets.
While Zverev has been exceptional this season and in this tournament, I think Roger Federer will be too strong. Federer has a huge amount of experience in this tournament and has been playing outstanding tennis recently. I see Federer’s added experience getting the Swiss Master over the line in this match.