Federer unimpressed with Zverev boos

039;No need to apologize': Federer defends Zverev after controversial incident in ATP Finals defeat

Still, Zverev has always been considered a coming force or the next big thing in tennis.

After the conclusion of Group Lleyton Hewitt where we saw Roger Federer and Kevin Anderson join Novak Djokovic in the semi-final lineup, it was time to find out who would grab the remaining semi-final spot from Group Guga Kuerten on the final day of the round-robin matches at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals.

Zverev faced boos at the end of the match after he had - legitimately - stopped a point in the tie-break when a ballboy dropped a ball.

Zverev served an ace before going on to close out the match moments later.

"The ball boy dropped the ball and it is the rules we have to stop the point".

"I'm a little bit upset about the whole situation because this is not how I wanted it to end".

"It's obviously great getting to the semi-finals".

The Serbian world No. 1 started Friday's evening match at London's O2 Arena with the luxury of knowing he had already qualified as the victor of the Guga Kuerten Group, but looked sharp and focused from the first point. However, in the recent times Zverev made some big improvements as well and the win over Roger Federer is just one more proof. I was like, 'buddy, shut up! "All the best for the finals.' And you move on".

The Swiss veteran eventually faltered in the 12th game of the opening set, watching helplessly as Zverev zipped a magnificent passing shot past him down the line on his way to breaking to love.

The breaker had more of those crushing serves by both men as none of them really had any realistic chance to get a mini-break in the first six points.

In a high-quality contest, the 14-time Grand Slam champion stayed calm to save a set point in the first-set tiebreak before taking it 9-7 on his second set point. "There's many positives. So I'm excited for next season".

Zverev is the youngest player at 21 to reach the semifinals since 2009 and the first from Germany since 2003. "It is the last match of the year for both of us so let the better player win". It's all good. I hope he doesn't have a sleepless night.

The Serb maintained his record of having not lost a set - or service game - at the tournament as he thrashed debutant Anderson to give himself the chance to join Federer on six titles.

"I'm playing really good tennis, coming off quite a few weeks where I've been playing better and better".

"But I don't think it had anything to do with stuff that happened outside of this event for me".

Djokovic, dressed all in black, won a remarkable 31 points in a row on his serve from the third game of the first set until the fourth game of the second against a determined Cilic, who was unable to progress even with a victory. "If you keep maintaining the level what you play, I think that's the main reason why these matches actually I won".

Djokovic's incredible form - which reached a new level against Anderson today - left tennis writers and renowned coach Brad Gilbert in awe.

But there were also major disappointments - at Wimbledon he lost to Kevin Anderson after leading by two sets and squandering a match point and he departed early from the US Open.

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