Alexander Zverev survived a shot in the first set to break Jannik Sinner’s resilience and reach the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters with a spectacular 5-7 6-3 7-6 (5) victory on Friday.
The German struggled to stay focused but eventually tamed his 20-year-old opponent in the playoffs that decided the outcome.
Zverev, who battled for more than three hours for ninth place, will next face defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas or Argentine Diego Schwartzman.
Earlier, Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina reached his first Masters semi-final by beating American Taylor Fritz 2-6 6-4 6-3 and taking on Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
Sinner’s terrible service game gave Zverev a break at 3-1 but the German failed to keep the lead and the Italian broke back before starting the set.
After an early break in the second set, Zverev took a medical break and was given a pill by a physiotherapist.
This had the desired effect on the German as he seemed to move more freely to claim the set.
The Italian then appeared to have sprained his thigh and Zverev went 2-1 in the final set. Although Sinner managed to level the set, he sadly made a double mistake that allowed Zverev to win 4-3.
In another spin, Sinner broke back 5-5 and forced a tiebreaker, but he just did not cross the finish line, as Zverev sealed victory in his first point.
Zverev wins epic battle with Sinner to reach semi-finals in Monte Carlo – SABC News
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