Alexander Zverev defeated Kristian Garin to reach the semi-finals
World number three Alexander Zverev defeated Christian Garin 7-5, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Italian Open on Friday.
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Zverev, who won the title in Rome in 2017, proved too strong for Garin in the pair’s first meeting as Chile troubled him on home soil on his way to win the ATP 250 event in Munich three years earlier.
Garin had the first breakpoint of the match at 3-2, but Zverev found his way out and broke his 25-year-old opponent to take a 4-3 lead and, after some poor shot selection, set up a gritty opening. shut down.
Zverev comfortably won the second set when Garin dropped serve in his first game, converting two of the seven break points to take the win.
“I think it was a high level match, at times it wasn’t pretty tennis, but I got the job done and that’s the most important thing,” Zverev said.
For a place in the final, the 25-year-old German will face the winner of the match between world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas and home favorite Jannik Sinner.
World number one Novak Djokovic will also be in action later when he takes on Felix Auger-Aliassim after Kasper Rudd and Denis Shapovalov faced off in the quarterfinals.
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