Alexander Zverev loses at Rothenbaum in the semifinals
For the first time in three years, Alexander Zverev again participated in the ATP tournament in his native city of Hamburg - it was not enough for a final draw. Last year's winner Nikolos Basilashvili lost the world rankings fifth 4: 6, 6: 4, 6: 7 (5: 7). In the tiebreak of the third set Zverev had already led 5: 2 before his opponent took four points in a row and used his first match ball after 3:07 hours.
The semi-final remains at the clay court tournament on Rothenbaum the best result for the second placed Zverev. In 2014, the 22-year-old had already made it to the bottom four.
Zverev's breakup with his coach Ivan Lendl became known on Friday. This was preceded by a clear criticism of Zverev's work ethic of the 59-year-olds. Lendl had coached the German hopefuls since the US Open last year. Most recently, Zverev had been alternately trained by his father and Lendl.
Missed break opportunities
The match against Basilashvili started well for Zverev. In the first game he had two breakballs, which he left unused. His opponent, who had fought his way through qualifying to the title last year, initially struggled with his serve, but also failed to match the third break ball. At the score of 2: 3 Zverev had to fend off his first breakball.
Then the game turned in favor of Basilaschwilis. After just under an hour, the 27-year-old had set ball, which was decided by Zverev's sixth double mistake. Angry, this threw his bat on the ground. In the second set Zverev conceded early the break to 1: 3, but took his counterparty directly neither from the serve. With his eleventh ace, the 22-year-old finally won the second round.
The decisive set began difficult for Zverev, who was quick 0: 3 behind. The Hamburg fought back and eventually forced the tiebreaker. Zverev took the lead 5: 2, but then lost five consecutive points and thus the match. Over the entire duration of the game he had left 16 breakballs.
Basilaschwili celebrated his ninth victory in Hamburg in series and can hope for a successful title defense. In the final on Sunday meets the world ranking 16. on the winner of the match between the Russian Andrey Rublev, who had previously eliminated the top seed Dominic Thiem from Austria in the round, and the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.