London, Nov. 13.- Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek player to qualify for the penultimate round of the ATP Finals on Wednesday, adding his second victory in the Adre Agassi group, after defeating German Alexander Zverev, defender of the title, 6-3 and 6-2 in 73 minutes.
This victory in two sets, combined with the previous one of the Spanish Rafael Nadal against the Russian Daniil Medvedev in three sleeves (6-7 (3), 6-3, and 7-6 (4) in two hours and 46 minutes), stands to the Hellenic player who last year was proclaimed champion in the New Generation Masters, played in Milan.
Tsitsipas is the second player to reach the semifinals this week. On Tuesday, and in the Bjorn Borg group, Austrian Dominic Thiem also did it by beating Novak Djokovic.
On Friday, we will know who will accompany the Athenian. Nadal will face him, precisely, remembering the three duels they have maintained this year, two that fell on the side of the Spanish, in the semifinals of the Australian Open and in the Masters 1,000 in Rome, and the other in the Masters 1,000 from Madrid, from the Greek side.
Nadal and Zverev are the best positioned to achieve the semifinals and join Stefanos, but both have to win first Tsitsipas and Medvedev respectively this Friday, although in case this happens and there is a tie to two wins between the Spanish and the Germanic, prevails the one that the Teuton achieved over Manacor this Monday and then, Rafa would be out.
Nadal would be round to win over Tsitsipas, and Medvedev beat Zverev, and in two sets, to avoid further guesswork.
One day after winning Nadal, and completing his victory against the members of the “Big 3” in London, (Federer and Djokovic defeated them last year), ‘Sascha’ collided again with the versatile and versatile tennis of Tsitsipas that It seems he has taken the measure of the Teuton.
His were the last three victories, last year in Toronto and this year in Madrid and Beijing. Zverev only managed to beat him in the first in Washington in 2018.
Tsitsipas finished the match to the champion, closing it with his eighth straight serve. He made 21 winning shots and only made 11 unforced errors. He did not allow the German to steal a single serve, and he broke Zverev three times. A great recital.