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Zverev scalps agitated Federer in Shanghai

Zverev scalps agitated Federer in Shanghai
By Eurosport

11/10/2019 at 13:58Updated 11/10/2019 at 16:58

Alexander Zverev held on to beat Roger Federer 6-3 6-7(7) 6-3 at the quarter-final stage of the Shanghai Masters at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, in Shanghai.

Zverev, the fifth seed, held off a stirring comeback from the 38-year-old who produced some sublime tennis to fend off five match points to send the match to a decider.

However, Zverev, ranked sixth in the world but without a top 10 scalp in 2019, rallied behind his backhand in the third set to open up a 4-1 advantage against an increasingly agitated Federer.

In fact, such was the Swiss star’s chagrin at his performance and the German's excellence, he was deducted a point in the fourth game of the deciding set and would eventually go down in two hours and six minutes.

Zverev faces Matteo Berrettini for a place in the final after the Italian beat Dominic Thiem 7-6(8) 6-4.

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