Alexander Zverev seeks second Rome Masters title

Alexander Zverev is without an ATP title since September last year

by Jovica Ilic
Alexander Zverev seeks second Rome Masters title
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Seven years after winning the first, Alexander Zverev is on the course toward his second Rome Masters title. Alexander met Taylor Fritz in the quarter-final and scored a 6-4, 6-3 victory in an hour and a half, reaching his second Masters 1000 semi-final of the season after Miami.

The German served at 77% and controlled everything on serve and return. Zverev dropped 12 points in nine service games, never facing a break point and keeping the pressure on the other side. Fritz struggled behind the second serve and got broken three times, leading 3-2 in the second set before dropping four straight games and ending his campaign in the quarter-final.

Zverev tamed his strokes nicely, hitting 20 winners and 11 unforced errors and leaving his opponent on a 12-17 ratio.

Alexander Zverev, Rome Masters 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Alexander Zverev defeated Taylor Fritz in the Rome Masters quarter-final.

They hit the same number of service winners, and Taylor had the upper hand in the shortest exchanges up to four strokes.

However, Alexander turned the tables in the mid-range and most extended ones, playing well and sealing the deal in straight sets. Fritz wasted three game points in the first game of the encounter before holding after a deuce with a service winner.

The German landed an ace in the second game and fell to the ground in the next one, injuring his hand but continuing after a medical timeout. Alexander clinched a break after Taylor's forehand error, moving in front and landing a backhand crosscourt winner in the next one for a 3-1 lead.

Taylor Fritz, Rome Masters 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Zverev landed a backhand winner in the sixth game for 4-2 and produced another fine hold two games later, moving 5-3 in front and forcing Fritz to serve to stay in the set.

Taylor held at love in the ninth game before Alexander fired an ace at 5-4 with an ace, wrapping up the opener after 50 minutes. They served well in the first half of the second set, reaching 3-3 and staying close to each other.

The American lost the edge in the seventh game, spraying a backhand error and facing two break points. Fritz landed a forehand long, suffering a break at 15 and sending Zverev 4-3 in front. The German cemented the break with a service winner in game eight, moving closer to the finish line.

Taylor sprayed a backhand error in the ninth game, offering Alexander a match point and sending his rival over the top after a forced error.

Alexander Zverev Rome Masters