Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation hits a return against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during their men's singles semi-final match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 12, 2019.
The 23-year-old Russian Medvedev embellished his fast-growing reputation with a fifth victory in as many matches against Tsitsipas, 21. He was backing up his serve with a really good and aggressive first shots in the rally.
"In St. Petersburg I won the title without losing a set and it is actually quite insane because here I had a lot of opportunities to lose a set".
The 20-time Grand Slam champion declined to state the reason for his unhappiness with Forcadell during his post-match press conference, but said of his opponent: "I told him at the net that he showed great character, that he was strong". He was the better player.
Zverev won the quarterfinal matchup, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3, and this short outburst took place in the deciding set of the match.
"The most important thing is to keep it going as long as I can". "I didn't see him very often being extremely frustrated except the one time when he hit three let cords in a row, the last game I think it was".
Berrettini got the better of Zverev in a tight match on the clay of Rome in May, and in truth, there's little to go on with their two head to head meetings so far, with their only other clash - ironically also in Rome, in 2018 - having a large discrepancy in rankings, with Zverev ranked three at the time and Berrettini outside the top 100.
Zverev ended 11th-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini's run by taking their semifinal 6-3, 6-4, ending the match on an ace, one of 11 he had. "I'm looking forward to it and hopefully I can play some good tennis tomorrow".
Zverev, who has burst into life after a hard season, missed five match points in the second set, with Federer finding some magic to recover from 40-0 at 6-5 and then saving two more match points in the tie-break.
In an interview with AFP last month in Zhuhai, southern China, the world number seven gave an insight into the mindset which propelled him to those victories.