LONDON – Roger Federer loses against Alexander Zverev, who imposes himself in the ATP Finals semifinal, but the public disputes him for an interruption of play in his favor.
Disappointment for the Basel champion, who will have to wait for at least the next season to conquer the 100th career title . In the final against the oldest, among the four remaining, to the youngest (16 years difference from 'king' Roger) prevails the pretender in the grass, to which Boris Becker, today commentator Bbc, predicts a number one future in the world .
At the end of the match – resolved in an hour and 35 'of play with the score of 7-5 7-6 – the twenty-one German wanted to apologize for having asked, legitimately, the repetition of a point in the tie-break of the second set , after a ball had escaped from a ball boy.
"I also apologized to Roger, he told me not to worry because I respected the rules. I'm sorry for what happened, I did not want to disappoint anyone, "the words of a visibly moved Zverev, who became the first German finalist at the last tournament of the season since 1996 (the same Becker, defeated in the final by Pete Sampras in Hannover) .
For Zverez, the second participation in the Finals, it is the victory number 56 in 2018, which gave him, in addition to the best ranking ever (number 4), already three titles: Madrid, Washington and Monaco. "It's a special satisfaction because I work hard to achieve these goals. I can only thank my team, and my coach, Ivan Lendl ".
Like last year, when he was defeated by David Goffin, this year the race of Federer at the 02 Arena stopped in the semifinals, the fifth lost to the Finals in 15 disputed (six triumphs). "Obviously I'm a bit disappointed because I could have won – Federer's comment -. But I must also admit that I did not play my best tennis. I had my chances and I did not exploit them, but the season remains largely positive ".
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