Sometimes sport leaves you speechless.
This from Zverev meant he would serve for the match at 6-3 6-5.
Rings of “ROGER, ROGER, ROGER” rung around a packed Shanghai Stadium inspiring a comeback to end all comebacks.
Five points in a row meant we were going to a tie-break and the way Federer saved some match points…
The game plan which served Sascha Zverev so well went out the window. It was nervy and at times desperate.
So, what would a tie-break give us?
Some of the best exchanges I have seen this year.
Federer took a 5-3 lead and looked good for the set out of nowhere winning 10 of the last 13 points.
Federer did get a warning in the tie-break for smashing a ball up in the air after Zverev did this…
Suddenly, were at 5-5.
A fifth match came and went for Zverev and suddenly we were going three, could he re-group?
It was the German who pulled things together, inspired tennis took him to a 3-0 lead and then 15-30 on the Federer serve.
A second code violation for the Swiss gave a free point to Sascha as another warning meant a point penalty for hitting another ball out of the court with the frame of the racket.
Federer continued to argue the point but the umpire was right. He asked the umpire “why didn’t you warn me?” but he did with the first warning. He hit the ball out again for another warning whether it was powerful or not had not intention of playing the ball or going to retrieve it.
Despite the drama holds of serve continued despite Zverev seeing plenty of break points was still only up a single break at 4-2.
At the sixth time of asking, the job was completed! 6-3 6-7 6-3 Alex Zverev!
Great fight and nerve from Zverev, I did worry for him in that third set but he re-grouped better than I think he has done before.
Federer, besides the drama of the end of the second set where he thought back it was concerning. He wasn’t quick enough in rallies, didn’t serve great and relied a lot on his second serve only finding 64% of his first serves.