Alexander Zverev secures first win at the ATP Finals as he edges past Diego Schwartzman after bouncing back from opening game loss to boost hopes of reaching semi-finals
- Alexander Zverev secured a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory against Diego Schwartzman
- Zverev bounced back after losing opening game against Daniil Medvedev
- Schwartzman’s defeat followed on from his loss against Novak Djokovic
Alexander Zverev boosted his chances of reaching the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals with a three-set win over Diego Schwartzman.
Zverev, the 2018 champion, was dejected after losing to Daniil Medvedev in his opening match, and there were plenty of holes to pick in this performance, too, but the German emerged a 6-3 4-6 6-3 winner.
Argentinian debutant Schwartzman was staring at a second convincing loss after Monday’s defeat by Novak Djokovic when he trailed 3-1 in the second set and faced points for a double break.
Alexander Zverev secured a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory as he edged past Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman fell to another defeat which followed on from his loss against Novak Djokovic
But he fought back to win five out of the next six games and take the match to a decider. It was Zverev who stepped up when it mattered, though, winning five of the last six games to end the match.
The German will need to beat Djokovic on Friday to have a chance of reaching the last four, and will surely need to play at a consistently-higher level.
Zverev bounced back after he suffered a defeat against Daniil Medvedev in his opening game
He said in his on-court interview: ‘It was much better than on Monday. Diego’s a very difficult player.
‘I’m happy to get the win, I’m happy to give myself a chance. Friday is going to be the most difficult match you can have here against Novak. I’m looking forward to it.’