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ATP Finals: Federer fends off Zverev to reach semis

17 Noviembre 2017, 09:09 | Cornelio Vivanco

ATP Finals: Federer fends off Zverev to reach semis

ATP Finals: Federer fends off Zverev to reach semis

This is the 95th career tournament win - including 19 grand slam singles titles - for the 36-year-old Federer, who has had a great season with wins at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year.

Federer will have a day of rest Friday before returning on Saturday in the semifinals to face either David Goffin or Dominic Thiem.

If the first set was a stiff jab to the nose, the second was a clean knockout, Goffin threading a muscular backhand down the line to leave his bewildered opponent spent - and perhaps quietly relieved.

The Belgian rebounded from a demoralising 6-0 6-2 loss to Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday to finish second in his four-man group with a 6-4 6-1 rout of Thiem at the O2 arena.

Zverev is desperate to end the dominance of Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic and he has no intention of resting on his laurels in the close-season.

Goffin, who was coming off the back of a 74-minute thrashing by Dimitrov, was this time able to recover from another slow start. I was 1-0 with a break. "But at this age, it just can't be because I think I'll make mistakes if I start chasing it. I'm not sure how much the body allows me to chase goals like this", he said.

Squaring off with four teams ranked inside the top-12 at the time of their meeting hasn't made life any easier on the Horns, especially when Texas failed to come out on top in each occasion.

The American had the advantage in the shortest points, managing to tame Zverev's lethal first groundstroke after the serve, and he also stole the show in the longest points, leaving Sascha to dominate in the mid-range segment, which proved not to be enough. Who knows what it is. That's why I always said it's not a realistic goal in some ways, world No. 1.

Roger Federer has surpassed the dizzying financial heights of golf legend Tiger Woods to become the world's highest earning athlete, as a result of prize money alone. But that's okay. I'm going to go on holidays now.

Added Thiem on the matchup, "We had some big, important matches in the past".

And with two wins under his belt already against Zverev and Marin Cilic, he will fancy his chances of going even further.

Federer has limited his schedule so far this year, deciding to forego certain events to save himself for others.

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