Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Would you Adam and Eve it?! - ATP stars tackle cockney rhyming slang

Would you Adam and Eve it?! - ATP stars tackle cockney rhyming slang

There was a jovial atmosphere between the two as they embraced and the youngster suggested a game of "first-to-11, no serves" before Federer got on with his 30-minute hit with towering American Sam Querrey, who is the same height as both Zverev and Marin Cilic.

5-7, 6-1 to cement his place in the last four at the O2 Arena in London.

World No. 3 Zverev, 20, has set tongues wagging having won five tournaments this year, including beating Federer in the final of the Rogers Cup in Canada.

While this has been an event shorn of some of the biggest names the quality of the matches has, so far, been better than in many recent years, and last night was no disappointment either.

But Zverev went to pieces in the tie-break, only to fight back from 2-0 down in the second, capitalising on a noticeable Federer dip including five consecutive missed serves.

He hit a powerful forehand victor to let his intentions known early on and set up three break points in the opening game.

The pair got off to winning starts in Group Boris Becker, with Zverev surviving a tense battle against Cilic and Federer enjoying a straight sets win over Jack Sock. But the third seed composed himself to hit back and complete a remarkable turnaround to take it into a decider following a loose forehand from the Swiss on his third set point chance in the 12th game.

Zverev was keen to test the Swiss' backhand as often as possible, regularly attempting to engage cross-court rallies to pressure the 36-year-old's weaker wing, but Federer seemed in control of his own service games.

Jack Sock was woken at 4am by a fire alarm and had to leave his hotel, but he still found the strength to overcome Marin Cilic in a marathon ATP Finals round-robin match on Tuesday. "I'm living my dream right now and I wanna keep on going".

Federer, who beat Sock in his first match, is the standout star at the tournament after the withdrawal through injury of world number one Rafael Nadal.

The top two players from each of the two groups of four progress to the semi-finals. It has mostly been played on an indoor hard-court, with other stints on carpet, grass and outdoor hard-courts when it was staged in various cities before setting up home in London in 2009.

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are all long-term absentees from the Tour this season.

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