Alexander Zverev denied Roger Federer a shot at a 100th career title with a 7-5, 7-6 (5) victory on Saturday to advance to the championship match at the ATP Finals.

Zverev, 21, is the youngest player to reach the final of the season-ending event since 2009 and the first from Germany since 1996.

Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face with a towel during his ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match against Alexander Zverev of Germany at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face with a towel during his ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match against Alexander Zverev of Germany at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Federer, 37, was seeking a record-extending seventh title, but was unable to cope with the pressure created by Zverev’s power and precision at the O2 Arena.

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to Alexander Zverev of Germany in their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to Alexander Zverev of Germany in their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

An inspired series of shots earned Zverev the first break points of the match in the 12th game and Federer sent a forehand wide to fall behind.

Alexander Zverev of Germany plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland in their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Alexander Zverev of Germany plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland in their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Federer broke for a 2-1 lead in the second set, but Zverev quickly composed himself to hit straight back in the following game.

Zverev then played a nerveless tiebreaker to set up a title decider with either Novak Djokovic or Kevin Anderson, who will play in the other semifinal later Saturday.

Source: The Associated Press

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