Alexander Zverev Races Through to the Semifinals in Rome
Alexander Zverev playing at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. May 14, 2024. Photo courtesy: Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Sposito/FITP).

Former Rome champion Alexander Zverev outlasts 11th seed Taylor Fritz in straight sets, booking his place at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia semifinals on Wednesday evening.

Third seed Alexander Zverev made it through his fourth Internazionali BNL dsItalia semifinal by outlasting World No. 13 Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-3 after one hour and 30 minutes at the Foro Italico on Wednesday night.

During his on-court interview, he shared: “Taylor has been one of the best players on clay this year. To have a win like that is great for me, especially after the fall. I still have a little bit of pain, so once the adrenaline settles, I’m going to check out tomorrow what it is. But definitely happy with the win.”

The 2017 Rome champion advanced to the last four on Italian soil, courtesy of a flawless campaign, which sees him staying unbroken at the prestigious event.

On Friday, he will meet 29th seed Alejandro Tabilo, who stunned world number one Novak Djokovic on his way to making history, becoming the first player from Chile to achieve a Masters 1000 semifinal since 2009.

Earlier on Wednesday, Tabilo powered past Chinese player Zhizhen Zhang 6-3, 6-4 to progress to the last four on a Masters 1000 level for the first time.

Their 8th meeting at tour level, the first on clay, quickly turned into a high-level, intense contest to wrap up action in style in the Eternal City.

Lengthy baseline rallies set the tone of the opening games of the first set.

Then, when up 0-30 in the third game, Zverev fell onto his left wrist, hurting it.

The German player, visibly in pain, immediately received medical treatment from the physio before returning to play.

He held his ground went on, converting his first break point, and held at 3-1.

From there, the set went with serves, and despite adding pressure on his opponent, Fritz could not narrow the break advantage.

Displaying a consistent performance behind his serve, won 81 percent of the first serve points, Zverev sealed proceedings 6-4 in 50 minutes on Center Court, one set away from his 18th Masters 1000 semifinal.

A balanced second set, decided by small margins, saw the 27-year-old German damaging the American game with his exquisite forehand.

The inflection point came in the seventh game, which featured extended baseline exchanges from which the Hamburg native got the better of his adversary, breaking to edge ahead 4-3.

The World No. 5 stayed the course, producing a clinical double break in the 9th game to come out on top 6-3 in 39 minutes, taking the set and the match.

Moreover, he hit 20 winners and 11 unforced errors, converting three of five breakpoint opportunities, winning 78 percent on his first serve.

On Tuesday, the third seed moved past Portuguese Nuno Borges 6-2, 7-5 punching a ticket to his 28th Masters 1000 quarterfinal against the American player.

Zverev halted Fritz’s superb run on the red clay surface, having achieved the final in Munich, lost to Jan-Lennard Struff, the semifinals in Madrid, falling to eventual champion Andrey Rublev, and the last eight in Rome.

Neither Zverev nor Tabilo has dropped a lone set en route to the semifinals.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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