New York (AP) – After the hard-fought semi-final at the US Open in New York, Alexander Zverev now also wants to make the step to his first final at one of the four most important tennis tournaments.
“I’m in the semi-finals, but I think I can improve a few things, and that gives me confidence. I absolutely don’t want to stop here,” said the seventh in the world ranking from Hamburg after his 6-1, 7- 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (7: 1), 6: 3 success against Croatian Borna Coric.
In the battle for a place in the final, the 23-year-old will face the Spaniard Pablo Carreño-Busta in the first Grand Slam tournament after the coronavirus break. The 29-year-old won in his quarter-finals against Canadian Denis Shapovalov 3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (7: 4), 0: 6, 6: 3. The game ended on Wednesday morning just after 1 a.m. local time in New York. The only duel with Carreño-Busta so far was that Zverev had won the 2018 Masters Series tournament in Miami in the semifinal in straight sets.
Zverev is the first German tennis player since Boris Becker in the semi-finals of Flushing Meadows in 1995. Seven months ago he reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time at the Australian Open. In Melbourne he was defeated by the Austrian Dominic Thiem.
After the disqualification of world number one and top favorite Novak Djokovic at the US Open, there is now “a huge opportunity,” said Zverev. “We will have a new Grand Slam champion. That is all we know for sure. There are many players who are hungry,” said the current top German tennis professional.
So far the last German finalist in New York has been Michael Stich in 1994, so far the last German champion Becker in 1989. Angelique Kerber won the women’s category in 2016 and was eliminated in the round of 16 this year.