|Posted on September 24, 2016 at 5:15 PM|
That slip up by Berdych in the fifth game proved costly, as while he would regain his footing on serve, only losing one more point on his own serve in the set, he was unable to create any opportunities on his opponents serve. At 4-5, with Zverev serving for the set, the Czech pushed to deuce, but never reached break point as the young German held to take the opening set 6-4.
Berdych came out swinging in his return games in the second set, pushing Zverev to deuce in his first game. However, the German returned the favour in the following game, racing ahead 0-40. He converted the third break point to take a 2-1 lead. Some normalcy returned after a wild first three games, but the pressure began to mount as they neared the conclusion of the set. Serving for a 5-3 lead, Zverev had to battle through four deuces and save a break point before holding to move within a game of victory.
Trying to serve out the match would be problematic for the young German, as he quickly fell behind 0-40. But Berdych could not take advantage of his triple break point opportunity and Zverev saved all three break points. One match point would come and go before the young gun sealed the victory at the second time of asking.
Tomas Berdych leaves the court after losing to German tennis player Alexander Zverev in their semi-final match at the 21st St Petersburg international tennis tournament at Sibur Arena, in St. Petersburg, Russia on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Tomas Berdych lost the match 4-6, 4-6.
Score and Stats - Alexander Zverev is through to his third final of 2016 (0-2) and is still looking for the first title of his career. He awaits Stan Wawrinka in the final (def. Roberto Bautista Agut).