Mathieu WARNIER, published on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:04 pm
In a one-sided match where he was dominated, Roger Federer lost in two dry sets against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the London Masters semifinals. Greece will cross with Dominic Thiem, winner of Alexander Zverev, for the title.
The first participation and the first final for Stefanos Tsitsipas! The Greek, who only lost against Rafael Nadal in the group stage, took the best of Roger Federer, who mostly shadows himself on the O2 Arena field from London. If the former world number 1 starts the game by offering a break point from the first game, he then faints because it is too easy to give his faceoff. the seventh match, where Stefanos Tsitsipas had to save three balls to defeat Roger Federer who refused. Switzerland did the same thing in the last match of the round, losing two chances to take before giving up on the seventh ball (6-3 in 47 minutes). The second set began almost identical to the first with a quick break from Greece but this time, Roger Federer was able to take … to better give up after his service. The third break in three matches was the turning point of the semifinals because the Swiss never recovered, despite pride and two broken balls in the final match. But, unstable, Stefanos Tsitsipas has tightened the game and chained four consecutive points to end this one-way semifinal (6-3, 6-4 in 1h36 & # 39) which Roger Federer was very frustrated. The Greek rider, will be able to prepare for the first final of his career at such a level, facing Dominic Thiem or defending champion Alexander Zverev.
The seat fell in front of Thiem
This week, Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Dominic Thiem for the final title of the ATP season. Against defending champion Alexander Zverev, Austria only needed two innings to secure his ticket to the first Masters final of his career. But the German who appeared to be most comfortable in the first half offered himself a break point in the third and fifth games. But Dominic Thiem is able to answer every time he bites at the last moment. Taking advantage of his opponent's serve game which is less solid, the 5th world player was able to hit in a painful spot and, on the second chance, win the first set (7-5 in 52 minutes). The start of the second set came in the form of a quick service game, including three blanks and only one in which Dominic Thiem conceded one point. But, since then, everything has changed. Encouraged by his puddle by Alexander Zverev, the Austrian was able to return his opponent, at the third break point, to overthrow this semi-final. Germany has two chances to appear and hope to defend its title but Dominic Thiem cannot be immersed in this match and in the first match he ensures the fate of the match (7-5, 6) -3 at 1:35 'to join Stefanos Tsitsipas. This will be the seventh duel between the two players, the second this year after the final in Beijing was won by Austria.
MASTERS OF LONDON (United Kingdom, Nitto ATP Finals, hard, 8 143 838 €)
Holds the title: Alexander Zverev (ALL)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) – Dominic Thiem (AUT)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) beat Roger Federer (SUI): 6-3, 6-4
Dominic Thiem (AUT) Alexander Zverev (ALL): 7-5, 6-3