Alexander Zverev speaks on facing Stefanos Tsitsipas at Cincinnati Masters

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Alexander Zverev speaks on facing Stefanos Tsitsipas at Cincinnati Masters

World No. 5 Alexander Zverev is looking forward to clashing second-set ed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Cincinnati Masters semifinal. Zverev, seeded at No. 3, demolished rising Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-1 6-3 to progress into the Cincinnati semifinal.

On the other side, Tsitsipas routed rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 5-7 6-1 to reach the last four in Cincinnati. Zverev and Tsitsipas will be going head-to-head for the ninth time in their respective careers when they meet in the Cincinnati semifinal.

Tsitsipas has had more success against Zverev so far, winning six of their past eight matches. This season, they have met twice. Zverev beat Tsitsipas in Acapulco but the Greek got his revenge at the French Open. "The matches are not going to get easier.

I think Stef is somebody who is in incredible form right now and he’s looking forward to playing this match as well because we’re right in front of the US Open. We should be playing our best tennis, and I think it’s going to be entertaining for all of us," Zverev said, per the ATP website.

"When you’re in the semi-finals of a Masters, you’re playing your best tennis. I just feel like when I’m playing at my best, I can compete and beat anybody. But I think Stef feels the same way. The better player will win tomorrow and I’m looking forward to that."

Zverev in great form

Zverev captured his first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and now he is aiming to win it all in Cincinnati. On Friday, Ruud experienced what it feels like to play Zverev these days. The German made a lightning start to his match against Ruud, having broken Ruud three times to comfortably win the opener.

After easily losing the first set, Ruud bounced back at the start of the second set as he won the opening two games. However, his lead was short-lived as Zverev claimed back-to-back breaks to win five games in a row, overturn a 3-1 deficit and book a straight-set win.