The German Alexander Zverev, No. 3 ATP, beat the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (No. 9) with an authoritarian 6-2 and 6-4 and qualified for the semifinals of the ATP Finals in Turin as second in the red group, by what will face the Serbian Novak Djokovic (No. 1), leader of the green group.
In an area affected by the casualties of Matteo Berrettini and the doubts that the Pole sowed, the German needed a second victory to leave the local Sinner without a chance, who plays one less game in the group so, with equal victories, the advantage will be for the Teuton.
Zverev, winner of five titles this year, in Vienna, Cincinnati, Acapulco, Madrid and at the Tokyo Olympics, played a near-perfect first set against Hurkacz and took it in just 27 minutes with a tough 6-2.
He only lost two points on serve in the first set and hit the first ten of twelve serves, something that, coupled with brilliant response turns, prevented Hurkacz from finding ways to gain confidence.
The Pole, a player who this year was able to win three titles, managed to raise the level in the second set and went 30-0 in favor in the eighth game (4-3) with Zverev serving. However, the German was a wall, entrusted to his first serve and won a key game. He removed Hurkacz’s serve in the next game and closed the match with a final 6-4, after one hour and two minutes.
Zverev’s rival in the semifinals on Saturday will be Djokovic, already sure of the pass as first with a match in advance. The Serbian, a five-time champion of this tournament, seeks to end a title drought in Turin that has lasted since 2015.
Nole won seven of the previous ten against Zverev, but lost the semi-final at the Tokyo Olympics last August.