Alexander Zverev needed six match points to defeat Roger Federer and reach the Shanghai Masters semifinals. The German player explained how the Swiss managed to save so many opportunities. "He started to play much better every time he got something out of him", said Zverev.
"You know, obviously I think emotions in sport are great. I didn't know what was happening with the umpire, didn't pay close attention, but, you know, every time he had an argument, he started playing better. Maybe it was a way to help him, as well, to get himself going.
But, you know, he will always find a way. That's why he's the greatest player of all time, because he will, in difficult situations, difficult periods where his mind is maybe not at his best, he will still find a way to make it difficult for you."
Federer said: "It was a crazy end to the second set, no doubt about it. I think it was 6-5, 40-Love maybe? I mean, at that point you're anyway halfway home, but I defended well, attacked well, hit some great shots, came back and then also the tiebreaker was tough the whole time.
Maybe saved some more match points there, I'm not sure anymore. But was definitely great atmosphere at that point, and I was able to maybe get a bit more balls back on his serve, because I thought he was clocking his serve really well all match today.
It was really impressive. I think second set he just, he had more opportunities probably, so I think he deserved to win that third set."