Alexander Zverev cruises into semi-finals of US Open

Alexander Zverev cruises into semi-finals of US Open after sweeping Lloyd Harris aside in straight sets… with fourth seed now just one match away from second straight final at Flushing Meadows

  • Alexander Zverev eased into the US Open semi-finals after beating Lloyd Harris 
  • The German clinched a first-set tie-break before two untroubled sets later 
  • He is now just one match away from a second straight final at Flushing Meadows 
  • The fourth seed let slip a two-set lead to lose to Dominic Thiem in last year’s final

Alexander Zverev cruised into the US Open semi-finals with a straight-sets win against South Africa’s Lloyd Harris.

Fourth seed Zverev was untroubled after clinching a tight first-set tie-break and edged closer to a second successive final appearance at Flushing Meadows by defeating Harris 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-4 in two hours and eight minutes.

Harris, playing in his first Grand Slam quarter-final, went toe to toe with Zverev in the first set, breaking the German’s serve to take a 5-3 lead and then serving to go one set up.

Alexander Zverev cruised into the US Open semi-finals with a straight-sets win

After a first-set tie-break, he had no problems dispatching South African Lloyd Harris

But Zverev broke straight back and, after both players had held serve to force a tie-break, he kept his nerve as the tension mounted to win 8-6, despite two mini-breaks against him.

Zverev pounced again on Harris’ serve to open up a 3-0 lead in the second set and sealed it 6-3 with his first set point after 36 minutes.

Harris was broken in both his next service games to trail 4-0 in the third set and appeared to lose heart as Zverev closed in on victory.

World number 46 Harris then rallied to extend the match. He broke Zverev for the second time to trail 4-2 and hauled himself back to 5-4, but it was a brief recovery.

Zverev, who let slip a two-set lead to lose to Dominic Thiem in last year’s final, avoided further scares, sealing victory on serve with his first match point.

The German edged closer to a second successive final appearance at Flushing Meadows

The fourth seed let slip a two-set lead to lose to Dominic Thiem in last year’s final




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