Alexander Zverev improved his chances to reach the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals with a three-set victory over Diego Schwartzman. After his opening loss to Daniil Medvedev, Zverev, the 2018 winner, was down and there were plenty of holes to be found in this match as well, but the German won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
After losing to Novak Djokovic on Monday, Argentine debutant Schwartzman was facing his second convincing loss when he was down 1-3 in the second set and facing a double break. @AlexZverev is up & going in London. His first victory of the week is picked up by the 2018 champion.#NittoATPFinals pic.twitter.com/K9lNhCrVoO- ATP Tour (@atptour) November 18, 2020But he fought back to win five of the next six matches and settle the match. On Friday, the German needs to beat Djokovic to have a chance of making the last four, and he will probably have to play at a consistently higher standard. He said, “,,It was much better than Monday. Diego is a very difficult player. “I’m glad I won, I’m glad I gave myself a chance. Friday is going to be the most difficult match against Novak you will have here. I look forward to that. “Zverev hasn’t cut a happy figure on the court this week, but he dismissed the idea that allegations of physical abuse by an ex-girlfriend, which he vehemently denies, make it hard to focus on tennis.Diego Schwartzman hits a forehand during his loss to Alexander Zverev (John Walton/PA)Asked how he deals with the negative attention, he said, “The same way I’ve been dealing with it in the last few weeks Nothing is changing. I think I’ve said something about it. I’m going to play tennis here. Today I did my work and on Friday I have to do it again. “Schwartzman has had his best results on clay, including the semifinals of the French Open last month, so he always expected to have to do his job to win matches this week.He said, “I have to get to know this tournament. It’s all different. I think I was better today, but they like surfaces on this surface. I think most of the guys here tend to play indoor courts, and I think that’s what made the difference today in the end. But I’m happy because I improved.”