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ATP Vienna – Alexander Zverev beats Felix Auger-Aliassime joins Carlos Alcaraz in the last four

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Fortunately for him, Alexander Zverev has more leeway than in the past. Because otherwise Friday, he could have paid dearly for a culpable devolution against Félix Auger-Aliassime, while he had the match well in hand. But the German Olympic champion is now able to tighten the game when he needs it most, which has allowed him to bring the Canadian to his senses (6-4, 4-6, 6-3) in just over two hours of play (exactly 2:05) in the quarterfinals of the Vienna tournament. Saturday in the last square, he therefore has an appointment with the prodigy Carlos Alcaraz, magnificent striker of Matteo Berrettini.

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By dint of playing with fire, he could end up burning himself. As against Alex de Minaur in the round of 16, Alexander Zverev displayed a sinusoidal level of play against Félix Auger-Aliassime. If in the end, he won again by returning to the fundamentals, the world number 4 would, in all likelihood, have been able to save himself a lot of cold sweats.

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Zverev almost paid for overconfidence

For a set and a half, Zverev thus displayed the supreme assurance that was his this summer. His dominance was such in exchange that he even allowed himself to serve only 41% of first balls in the first set, won 6-4 without forcing. An early break was enough for him in this inning where he will have given up only two points and none when his first serve has passed (9/9).

In resistance, Auger-Aliassime also relied on his serve to protect himself up to 4-3 in his favor in the second set. Moment chosen by Zverev to completely derail. As he led 30/0 on his serve and had only one high volley to drop, he sent the ball into the net. A monumental failure, perhaps synonymous with overconfidence, which totally disturbed him and allowed his opponent to break him and then to equalize one round everywhere.

Further jostled at the start of the last act, Zverev first regained his foothold in service to stay ahead. And at 3-2, he was able to restart the machine and carry the blow on his 7th break opportunity in a game of more than a quarter of an hour. Auger-Aliassime, who had saved the first 6 on aces or winning serves, paid dearly for his only second ball served under pressure. The German therefore escaped narrowly and could cry out his rage over a last fault in the opposing backhand.

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