SHANGHAI — Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev secured a spot in subsequent month’s ATP Finals with a 6-Four, 6-Four quarterfinal win over Kyle Edmund on Friday on the Shanghai Masters.
Zverev is the fifth participant to qualify for the season-ending event in London, becoming a member of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro within the eight-player area.
“Obviously it’s great to finally officially make it and obviously be part of the eight best again, which is an elite group, which is kind of the goal for everyone at the beginning of the season,” Zverev stated.
Zverev will subsequent play second-seeded Djokovic within the semifinals. The Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, who’s seeking to win a report fourth Shanghai title, defeated seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson 7-6 (1), 6-Three.
Zverev received his solely encounter in opposition to Djokovic within the 2017 Rome ultimate.
“It was a different surface,” Djokovic stated of their earlier match. “I wasn’t, I really feel like, enjoying in addition to I am enjoying immediately.
“But additionally, he has improved lots, and he has established himself as a prime participant. It’s going to be positively an in depth match.”
Anderson had an opportunity to take an early lead in opposition to Djokovic however he overhit a forehand on set level within the 12th recreation of the match. Djokovic did not give the South African one other alternative.
Zverev, who improved to Four-Zero in opposition to Edmund, saved the one break level he confronted and took benefit of the 2 break factors he earned.
The victory gave the 21-year-old Zverev a tour-leading 49th match win of the 12 months. Dominic Thiem, who misplaced his opening match this week, is in second place with 48 match wins this season.
“It means lots as a result of I’ve form of performed solely the largest tournaments,” Zverev said. “Obviously I do not need to cease right here. There remains to be much more tennis happening until the top of the 12 months. I am in semifinals now, and I clearly do not need to be glad simply but.”