Zverev did not give Hurkacz a chance and Djokovic awaits him in the semifinals of the Champions Tournament

Updates: 19.11.2021 00:29

Turin – German tennis player Alexander Zverev defeated Pole Hubert Hurkacz 6: 2, 6: 4 in the decisive third match of the Red Group of the Champions Tournament in Turin and advanced second to the semifinals. In it, the winner of the tournament from 2018 will face the world number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia, who is already sure of first place in the Green Group. Defending champion Daniil Medvedev, who secured the victory in the Red Group on Tuesday, won a duel with Jannik Sinner at the end of the program.

The Italian young man Sinner, who replaced the injured compatriot Matteo Berrettini after the first round of matches and stayed in the semifinals by winning over Hurkacz, lost hope with Zverev’s victory. In the final performance, he lost the opening set in 25 minutes with the canary, but in the end he prepared a great drama for the domestic audience. Medvedev won 6: 0, 6: 7, 7: 6 in two and a half hours.

The three former champions last met in the semifinals of the Champions Tournament in 1994. Defender Medvedev, Zverev (2018) and five-time winner Djokovic followed the trio of legends Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker. The last semifinalist and opponent for Medvedev will emerge from Friday’s duel between Norwegian debutant Casper Ruud and Russian Andrei Rublyov in the Green Group.

Zverev was in control of the match against debutant Hurkacz, which he absolutely needed to advance to the semifinals. Like the Polish debutant of the ATP Tour season finals, he scored 11 aces, but did not face a single breakball and turned the first swordball in 64 minutes.

Zverev will face the 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic for the fifth time this year. He managed to beat the world number one in the semifinals of the Olympic tournament, the remaining three matches, including the last match for advancing to the US Open final, were won by the favored Serb.

Tennis Tournament of Champions in Turin

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Red group:

Medvedev (2-RUS) – Sinner (It.) 6: 0, 6: 7 (5: 7), 7: 6 (10: 8), Zverev (3-Germany) – Hurkacz (7-Pol.) 6: 2, 6: 4,

Final table:

1. Medvedev 3 3 0 6:3
2. Zverev 3 2 1 5:2
3. Sinner 1 1 1 3:2
4. Hurkacz 3 0 3 1:6
5. Berrettini 1 0 1 0:2


Green group:

Mektic, Pavic (1-Croatia) – Dodig, Polasek (6-Chorv./SR) 6: 4, 7: 6 (8: 6), Krawietz, Tecau (8-Germany / Rum.) – Granollers, Zeballos (4-Sp. / Arg.) 6: 3, 6: 7 (1: 7), 10: 6.

Final table:

1. Granollers, Zeballos 3 2 1 5:3
2. Mektic, Pavic 3 2 1 4:2
3. Dodig, Polášek 3 1 2 3:4
4. Krawietz, Tecau 3 1 2 2:5

Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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