He took another step forward. Alexander Zverev beat Borna Coric and made a ticket to the semifinals at the US Open, being his second Grand Slam semifinal and also achieved it consecutively. His next opponent will be Pablo Carreño Busta, who eliminated Denis Shapovalov in another quarter-final match.
The personal clash was led by Coric 3-1 and started very well, to the point that the opening set was easy. But when it seemed that Zverev’s instability was going to pay dearly, he pulled out the tiebreak of the second set and everything began to change. In a crossing of 23-year-old players, the one from Hamburg beat the Croatian by 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1) and 6-3 and thus went to the semis in a Grand Slam for the second time.
After much hinting and winning Masters 1000 tournaments, it was time for Zverev in the Majors. Last January he reached his first semi-final in a Grand Slam, at the Australian Open and now, in the next top-level event, in New York, again on hard surface, he repeats.
Zverev’s intention is clear: he aims to play a Grand Slam final for the first time. Zverev, who made the podium in the ATP world rankings, is now ranked No. 7 and had the great pleasure of being the first German semifinalist at the US Open after 25 years, when Boris Becker reached that round in 1995.
In the evening, Carreño Busta beat Shapovalov 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 0-6 and 6-3 and went to the semis for the second time in a Major and again he was gave in New York, as in 2017.
The greater solidity of the Spanish outweighed the irregular version of the young Canadian, the first born in 1999 to reach the quarterfinals in one of the four great events on the professional circuit. Carreño came from advancing on Sunday when he was 6-5 in the first set and his rival, Serbian Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the world, was disqualified when he accidentally hit a linesman with a ball.