Zverev Edges Berrer To Reach Montpellier Semis
Teenager into final four
Teenager Alexander Zverev reached the semi-finals of the Open Sud de France on Friday in Montpellier as he edged countryman Michael Berrer, 17 years his senior, 6-7(2), 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and 43 minutes.
The 18-year-old Zverev rallied from a break down in the third set and, after being thwarted on three match points in the 10th game, converted his fifth opportunity in the 12th game to seal victory. The right-hander had stunned second seed Marin Cilic in the second round.
"It wasn’t easy to use all the chances because of the great play he did," said Zverev. "But you can have an unbelievable day like I did against Marin. You don’t have those days all the time, but even today I got the win so I’m happy with that."
In the semi-finals, the German will face 34-year-old Paul-Henri Mathieu. The Frenchman scored his first ATP World Tour quarter-final win since August 2015 (Kitzbuehel), 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-3 over John Millman. Mathieu struck 17 aces and saved eight of 10 break points to secure victory.
“I’m really happy with the win today,” said Mathieu, who needed two hours and 20 minutes to see off his Australian opponent. “It was a tough match against John. He’s a good fighter and he made it tough until the last point. I’m happy to be playing tomorrow.”
Top seed Richard Gasquet scored his first win against Marcos Baghdatis with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the quarter-finals. The Frenchman had never won a set against Baghdatis coming into the match, but saved five of six break points faced to reverse the 0-3 deficit against the Cypriot in the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry.
Facing Gasquet on Saturday will be qualifier Dustin Brown, who is into his first ATP World Tour semi-final after defeating Reuben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-3. The German was 0-8 in tour-level quarter-final matches coming into Friday.
“I’m just very happy to finally make it to a semi-final, after so many tries” Brown said. “I’ve played lots of times against Reuben and lost in a tight one last time. Basically I tried to play aggressively like the past couple of days and I’m happy it worked out.”
Doubles: Pavic/Venus Reach Final
Second seeds Mate Pavic and Michael Venus reached the final with a 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-6 victory over Andrea Arnaboldi and Marc Lopez in 90 minutes in the semi-finals. The Croatian/New Zealand duo are chasing their second ATP World Tour title of the season after lifting the trophy in Auckland (d. Butorac/Lipsky).
In remaining quarter-final action, Mahesh Bhupathi and Jonathan Marray upset top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski 7-6(2), 6-2. The unseeded pairing will play for the remaining final berth against Zverev and older brother Mischa Zverev on Saturday.