Head pulled out of the noose: Alexander Zverev averts a threatening defeat in Madrid.
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It may well go up again with Germany's best tennis player: Alexander Zverev wins in Madrid and his second round match. In between, a defeat threatened. Roger Federer gives a successful comeback on sand.

TReserve defender Alexander Zverev has reached the quarter-finals at the Madrid Masters tournament. The 22-year-old world ranking fourth from Hamburg decided on Thursday the duel with the Polish qualifier Hubert Hurkacz with 6: 3, 4: 6, 6: 4 for themselves. In the first comparison with the same age number 52 of the tennis world Zverev transformed the match ball after 2:09 hours. "I fought on and on," said Zverev on TV channel Sky after the contested duel. "I needed such a match. This victory is extremely important to me. That helps, I think, in the next matches. "

In the battle for the semi-finals of last year's winner meets on Friday at number nine set Greeks Stefanos Tsitsipas. The day before, Zverev had ended the 37-year-old Spaniard's career by defeating David Ferrer.

Federer also wins

Even Roger Federer has reached the quarter-finals in Madrid at his clay court comeback after the defense of two match balls. The 37-year-old professional tennis player from Switzerland prevailed against Frenchman Gaël Monfils with 6: 0, 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 3). At the 5: 6 in the third set Federer fended off two match balls, saved himself in the tiebreak and then finished the game after two hours of play time. The third in the world ranking list now faces Austrian number five, Dominic Thiem. Federer had played a match on sand three years ago at the Masters tournament in Rome before his opening match and has always skipped that part of the season ever since.

. (tagsToTranslate) Alexander Zverev (t) Roger Federer (t) Hubert Hurkacz (t) Tennis (t) Masters Tournament (t) Madrid


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