Ferrer Faces Phenom Zverev In Hamburg SFs, Can The 17-Year-Old Continue Fairy Tale Run?
by Staff | July 18th, 2014, 3:01 pm

The dream run for Alexander Zverev continued on Friday. Playing in his hometown of Hamburg, the 17-year-old Zverev rallied to beat compatriot Tobias Kamke 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the semifinals at the ATP 500 German Open.

“I wasn’t nervous, I just didn’t expect him to play as well as he did in the first set,” said Zverev who won a total of six points in the first set. “He played unbelievable. I just didn’t know what to do. I think I played a really great match after the first set. Luckily I got the break at the beginning of the second [set] and I’m happy with the way I ended it.”

Zverev, who’s father Alex and brother Mischa played on the pro tour, had never won a tour match entering the week. He also was ranked No. 665 at the end of June but will already break into the top 170 after this week.

The Australian Open junior champion is also the first 17-year-old to reach an ATP semifinal since Marin Cilic at smaller 2006 Gstaad event. And if he can make the finals Zverev would become the youngest player to reach a tour-level final since Rafael Nadal lost in the final of Auckland in 2004. Nadal also reached his first semifinal at age 17 at 2003 Umag which was a smaller 250 level event.

After wins over Robin Haase, Mikhail Youzhny, Santiago Giraldo, and today Kamke, the 6-foot-4 Zverev now meets one of the top clay court players in the game, David Ferrer. Ferrer, who is 15 years the elder to Zverev, blew out Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-2.

“I think the first and second round I didn’t play my good tennis, I just played good in some moments,” said Ferrer. “Today, I played all the match good, without a lot of mistakes and playing aggressive and consistently with my forehand. I’m happy with my game and because I am in the semifinals.”

In the first semifinal, German hope Philipp Kohlschreiber takes on Argentine Leonardo Mayer in a World Cup rematch.

“He’s a tough opponent. He takes a lot of risks,” said Kohlschreiber. “I had a great day. I played a really solid game and I think that was the key to the match. I was returning very well and I was dictating the points. I’m really happy with my performance today and really hungry for the semifinals.”

CENTER COURT start 13:00
[4] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU)

Not Before 15:30
[7] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs L Mayer (ARG)

Not Before 18:00
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [WC] A Zverev (GER)

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8 Comments for Ferrer Faces Phenom Zverev In Hamburg SFs, Can The 17-Year-Old Continue Fairy Tale Run?

Hippy Chic Says:

I would give this guy a legitamate chance against David,who has actually struggled somewhat this year,depends which David shows up i would think,but he will make Alex run and also chase down every ball,hes had a great week,a win like this would show hes arrived well and truely….

Wog boy Says:

I don’t see him beating Ferrer, it is more important how is he going to play and experience he will have by playing against top10 player, particulary player like Ferrer who is going to (try) to wear young Zverev down.

roy Says:

ferrer is only really behind nadal,federer,djoker on clay … so if zverev can beat him, maybe it does mean quite a lot.

i still think hewitt and nadal are more impressive for their teen antics, particularly hewitt, because they were not of great height, so harder to compete with the men.

Hippy Chic Says:

Nico Almagro has withdrawn from the USO with a foot injury….

Giles Says:

Nico has been struggling with this injury ever since he beat Rafa in Barcelona.
One could say beating Rafa takes its toll!
Wish him well.

Giles Says:

Oh dear, looks like the young one received a master class from Ferrer together with some bakery. 6-0 6-1
Never mind, all part of the experience

Hippy Chic Says:

Oh well the fairy tale run comes to an end,its tough beacking up one win after another,David is a player with a very tenacious game,and makes you run like a rabbit for everything,a very good week though,so well done ALEX….

jane Says:

after ferrer’s rout of the teen, mayer beat him in the finals!

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