Paris (dpa) - Nervous killing games and shivering games like Boris Becker once Alexander Zverev but then spared. The last doubts about the participation of the best German tennis pro at the ATP Finals in London eliminated just Zverevs counterparty.
When late on Wednesday evening, half an hour before midnight, Italian Matteo Berrettini was eliminated in the Masters Series tournament in Paris, Zverev finally released the tweet "London calling" and the player organization ATP released her pre-produced film about the now well-qualified defending champion.
"I'm really happy to be there for the third time in a row. The title win last year was the highlight of my career so far. I have great memories of it, "the 22-year-old hamburger was quoted in the ATP statement.
As number seven in the annual standings, Zverev had already traveled to Paris with good prospects for a new London ticket, but the execution was easier and much less spectacular than expected. Stuttgart winner Berrettini surprisingly lost to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4: 6, 3: 6 and can no longer overtake Zverev as number eight in the Race to London.
Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain / 9.), David Goffin (Belgium / 11.) And Fabio Fognini (Italy / 12.) Also failed surprisingly early at the last Masters Series event in Paris-Bercy eight professionals of the year from 10 to 17 November try the title defense.
For the last free place in the illustrious circle with Zverev, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas are still fighting with realistic prospects Berrettini and the Frenchman Gael Monfils. The Swiss Stan Wawrinka (15th) and the Australian Alex de Minaur (17th), who defeated Bautista Agut, would have to take the title to qualify.
Zverev can go into his knockout round against Canadians Denis Shapovalov in the afternoon without much pressure. That differentiates him from the three-time Wimbledon winner Becker. Germany's tennis legend had won the premiere in Paris-Bercy in 1986 as the then 18-year-old, but then had to reckon and tremble again and again to know when he is at the ATP World Cup. It was not that he was pleased if one of his opponents lose, Zverev had said before the tournament began. However, he will not have been sad about the events either.
Race to London