Federer back as No 1 in ATP rankings

Rex Christensen
May 15, 2018

He won the match 6-4,6-2 and will now be playing the victor of the match between Alexander Zverev and Denis Shapovalov.

Nevertheless the 23-year-old Edmund gave his all in what was his first Masters 1000 quarter-final, and he can expect to be rewarded with a place in the top 20 for the first time when the new rankings appear on Monday.

Zverev, 21, took less than an hour to see off 19-year-old Shapovalov, the youngest player to reach the semi-finals in Madrid. "Obviously, it's not easy to play Denis".

"She played great tennis".

This match should provide a good battle between two men who at their best are amongst the best baseliners in the game. Thiem upset top-ranked Spaniard Rafael Nadal on Friday and won again one day later to break a six-match losing streak against Anderson.

On Saturday, his challenge quickly unravelled when Zverev put together a seven-game run from 3-4 down in the first set to a 4-0 advantage in the second.

Top athletes have a selective memory, and Nadal will say, 'Well I don't like playing in Madrid, so that I didn't play so well is no surprise. "That's for sure. But at the same time, it was a completely different matchup today".

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"There was a little bit of lack of confidence in Monte Carlo and Barcelona", he said. I still have two good weeks on clay, and then I'll keep on moving forward. Nearly everything worked out. "It's difficult to harm a player like him because he is very powerful, he strikes the ball very hard". "Getting my first win on the ATP Tour on clay here, yeah, making semifinals of such a big tournament, I could never imagine to do so".

In my opinion, this head to head record is utterly irrelevant and simply based 12-month clay data, my model liked Zverev as a marginal [2.12] underdog, pricing him up as a [1.76] favourite.

He said: "I played much more aggressive". The way I started was also well.

The final match in Italy that I want to discuss is David Ferrer against Jack Sock.

Zverev heads into Sunday's final with a chance to become only the fifth active player after Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to have won three or more Masters 1000 title.

Federer had to save three break points en route to those titles.

Alexander Zverev, who has largely flown under the radar with late starts and finishes, and has quietly and efficiently got the job done without dropping a set throughout.

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