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Zverev beats Cilic in impressive ATP Finals debut

November 13, 2017 16:50 IST

IMAGE: Alexander Zverev plays a forehand. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

A few hours after old master Roger Federer reminded everyone of his enduring magic, Alexander Zverev, the man leading the next generation of men's tennis, dazzled on his ATP Finals debut.

 

The 20-year-old German, ranked three in the world, was hot and cold against Croatia's Marin Cilic but, when it mattered most, he produced his best tennis to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Zverev, the youngest qualifier for the season-ender for nine years, appeared to be fading after a dazzling start, but surged back in style to join Federer on top of Boris Becker Group.

"It is different walking on here than any other stadium. The crowd, the atmosphere is amazing," Zverev, who revelled on the big stage, told reporters after the late-night finish.

"There were a lot of nerves involved in my first match. Obviously I'm happy that's behind me. I'm happy that I won."

Zverev, bidding to become the first German to finish the year in the world's top three since Boris Becker in 1994, will face a mouthwatering clash with Federer on Tuesday.

Six-time champion Federer had earlier beaten Jack Sock.

"I think anyone beating Federer in this group has a good chance of (reaching the semi-finals)," Zverev, who beat the Swiss to win this year's Montreal title, his second Masters 1000 title of the year, said.

"But he's the favourite definitely in all of the matches he plays. But I enjoy playing in front of big stages, big crowds."

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