New York (AP) - A victory separates Alexander Zverev from his first Grand Slam final.
At the US Open in New York today (10 p.m. CEST / Eurosport), the man from Hamburg will meet the Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta in the semifinals.
The seventh in the world rankings can ensure a success that no German tennis professional has achieved in the men for a very long time.
The other semifinals will then be contested by the Austrians Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medwedew from Russia.
THE OPPONENT: The 29-year-old Carreño Busta from Gijon is the oldest semi-finalist at this year's US Open.
As world number 27.
he is currently 20 places behind Zverev, but was also tenth.
He has never been to a Grand Slam final either.
At the US Open 2017 he lost in the semifinals against South African Kevin Anderson.
Zverev's Spanish trainer David Ferrer, who is not in New York, has known Carreño Busta since childhood: “It's an unusual situation for me because it's my first experience as a trainer.
I'll talk to Alexander and prepare him for the match while he meets a friend like Pablo, ”Ferrer told Eurosport.
THE COURSE OF THE TOURNAMENT: Carreño Busta experienced the scandal surrounding world number one Novak Djokovic on the pitch.
In the round of 16 on Sunday, the Spaniard had caused problems for the Serbian top player and took the serve to 6: 5 from him in the first set.
Djokovic then hit the ball backwards without looking and hit the linesman, who went down and clearly had breathing problems.
Djokovic was disqualified, Carreño Busta made it to the quarter-finals, in which he defeated the Canadian Denis Shapovalov in five sets.
DIRECT COMPARISON: Zverev has only played against the Spaniard once.
In 2018 he won the semifinals at the Masters Series tournament in Miami.
«I think Sascha is the favorite.
He is soaring as it is his second Grand Slam semi-final.
I don't think he feels the pressure, ”said the German tennis boss Boris Becker as a Eurosport expert.
At the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, Zverev had reached a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time.
In Melbourne, he lost to world number three Thiem before the month-long break in the tour due to the coronavirus pandemic.
STATISTICS AND RECORDS: Angelique Kerber won three Grand Slam titles for women in the past three years, and such successes for the German tennis men are much more recent.
Zverev is the first German men's semi-finalist at the US Open since Boris Becker in 1995. The last German finalist in Flushing Meadows was Michael Stich in 1994, so far the last German tournament winner was Becker in 1989. Rainer Schüttler was the last German to win a Grand Prix at the 2003 Australian Open. Slam final reached.
The fact that Djokovic is out and Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have not even started the trip to the USA does not reduce the value for another German ex-professional.
"Whoever wins the title - he deserves it," said Tommy Haas of the "Stuttgarter Zeitung / Stuttgarter Nachrichten" (Friday).
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