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Roger Federer vs Alexander Zverev LIVE from the ATP World Tour FinalsGETTY

Roger Federer vs Alexander Zverev LIVE from the ATP World Tour Finals

Federer cruised past Jack Sock on Sunday in the opening singles match of the tournament, relishing the surface which has quickened since last year.

And thanks to Sock’s comeback victory against Marin Cilic earlier today, the Swiss was able to reach a record 14th ATP World Tour Finals last four with a win over the German Zverev.

The 20-year-old still has to play the 1-1 American on Thursday in a match that will be a de facto quarter-final and could see the world No 3 miss out on the semis altogether.

But Zverev could take much away from the defeat at the O2 Arena, especially the way he fought back from a set and a break down to force the decider.

Federer vs Zverev AS IT HAPPENED

(* denotes next to serve)

10.30pm: Well it took him more than two hours but Federer has his third win over Zverev and it was a two-faced affair, a high-quality first set giving way to a lull in the middle of the second before it briefly heated up again – but the third set was difficult to watch as the 20-year-old capitulated mentally and physically.

That’s it from us. We’ll be back tomorrow for Grigor Dimitrov vs David Goffin and Dominic Thiem vs Pablo Carreno Busta. Good night!

ROGER FEDERER BEATS ALEXANDER ZVEREV 7-6, 5-7, 6-1!

He can’t even make Federer serve for it, double-faulting at match point and exiting stage left with a towel draped over his shoulders. That was a miserable last set from the German.

The Swiss flags are popping up all over the arena but Federer is quick to pay tribute to his 

“I don’t think I qualified for this when I was 20!” Federer admits.

“I’m very excited for his future. He’s a wonderful guy and a great, great player.”

Federer 7-6, 5-7, 5-1 Zverev*

Federer still hasn’t been perfect today and he concedes a break point when he curves an inside-out forehand wide. But a beautifully constructed point, attacking into the backhand and coming to the net to finish the point. Federer works Zverev hard to win game point only for Zverev to land a lob inside the baseline.

A backhand error from Zverev this time gives the Swiss another chance but he whacks a drive volley long, only for Federer to produce another unplayable serve out wide and then belts an unbelievable forehand down the line to take a 5-1 lead. Writing on the wall for Zverev.

*Federer 7-6, 5-7, 4-1 Zverev

Zverev lets a 40-0 lead slip to deuce, incudling a poor miss from the mid-court, and all of a sudden it’s break point. Roger slices the ball back into play and Zverev can only whip a forehand into the net. Federer secures the double break.

Federer 7-6, 5-7, 3-1 Zverev*

Not great body language from Zverev, who batters a forehand pass well long at 40-0 down and doesn’t look that bothered about it. At 20, endurancne strength is not at its peak and you’d forgive him for being a little tired at this stage of the season. We’re just short of two hours in this match too.

*Federer 7-6, 5-7, 2-1 Zverev

Zverev angles a touch shot just out having run down a drop shot but then double-faults to leave himself vulnerable at 0-30. A massive first serve halves the deficit but then a mis-hit forehand brings up two more break points.

Federer gets the first serve back and makes Zverev hit a few extra shots, which he quickly leaks wide. First blood Federer in the decider.

Federer 7-6, 5-7, 1-1 Zverev*

The Swiss jumps out to a 40-0 lead but then misses another drop shot, this time hitting the net, and Zverev is furious for not getting the second serve back at 40-15. It was on his backhand with is of course his strength.

*Federer 7-6, 5-7, 0-1 Zverev

Zverev with the kind of hold that will be crucial to him in this final set. Comfortable and without too much effort.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV WINS THE SECOND SET 7-5!

Three break points come up after a net cord, an unforced error and a mis-hit forced by a massive return from Zverev. The first two go thanks to the German netting a forehand but eventually a long rally ends with a top-spin forehand going wide!

What a fightback from the 20-year-old.

*Federer 7-6, 5-6 Zverev

Zverev holds to 15 this time but remains imperfect, battering a simple forehand into the net at 40-0 and remonstrating with himself afterwards.

Federer 7-6, 5-5 Zverev*

Federer holds to love, closing it out with a tough half-volley and then a lovely drop-volley, both of which he makes look exceptionally easy.

Zverev and Federer are now both in full chunter mode whenever they miss anything and it has happened a lot.

*Federer 7-6, 4-5 Zverev

Federer is slightly incredulous at his own performance at the moment, muttering to himself after missing a slice backhand. Zverev still isn’t making many first serves but when he does, he’s at 85 per cent.

Federer 7-6, 4-4 Zverev*

At last, Federer lands the drop shot for a winner and when Zverev whacks a return long he has a 30-15 lead. But Federer does the same and then brings Zverev to the net before trying to lob him, with no success, to bring up break point, but a big serve from Federer hits the service line.

The second serve at deuce goes to the body and Zverev can only hit the net before Federer plays a sensational backhand slice volley to win the game.

*Federer 7-6, 3-4 Zverev

Zverev missed six of his first 10 serves – he’s now made seven of the next 10 and it’s making a big difference to his ability to hold has been transformed by it. Those short, sharp service games of the first set are back. Quite taxing on the fingers for the old live-blogger. (That’s me.)

Federer 7-6, 3-3 Zverev*

Federer’s first serve percentage in this set is under 50 but he’s managed to level up this set with a hold to 15.

*Federer 7-6, 2-3 Zverev

A double-fault to start the game sees Zverev smack his racket in disgust but Federer gives it all back and the game closes out with a Federer drop shot into the net. That is some really poor games of tennis from the world No 2.

Alexander ZverevGETTY

Alexander Zverev battled back from 2-0 down in the second set

Federer 7-6, 2-2 Zverev*

That’s very loose from Federer. Two double-faults in a row makes it 30-30 and a forehand into the net gives him break point. Zverev comfortably runs down a poor drop shot but gives Federer too much of a chance to pass him with a backhand and he does. At deuce, Federer plays another drop shot and this time Zverev makes no mistake to force a second break point…only for Roger to find an ace down the middle.

But another mis-hit from Federer gives Zverev a sixth break point opportunity of the match, and after a look at a second serve Federer comes in but Zverev passes him! A huge roar from the German and this set is back on!

*Federer 7-6, 2-1 Zverev

Zverev gets on the board at last but he needs to get his first serve percentage back. He’s made just four out of 10 at the beginning of second set.

Federer 7-6, 2-0 Zverev*

A Federer hold to love. He has won 16 of the last 19 points. Zverev sinking fast.

*Federer 7-6, 1-0 Zverev

Uh oh. Federer has put his foot down and all of a sudden he has three break points after a Zverev double-fault, of which he only needs two to put himself firmly in the driving seat.

Roger FedererGETTY

Roger Federer took the firs set in a tie-break

ROGER FEDERER WINS THE FIRST SET 7-6

Zverev takes an early 4-0 lead thanks to an error on each wing from Federer and an ace that clips the smallest part of the line possible.

A big Roger serve gets him on the board and a fierce exchange of groundstrokes sees Zverev find the net first. 4-2 Zverev at the change of ends.

Federer gets parity back after the change and holds his two points to make it five on the spin…but can’t convert when he gets a good look at the Zverev second serve, drawing a big “let’s go” from the German. A forehand from Federer after getting into a Zverev service point goes wide to bring up the first set point but it’s into the net. 6-6.

Two more unforced errors and that is game and first set Federer. Zverev through that away. 

*Federer 6-6 Zverev

There is a definite grumpiness to Roger with his own performance at the moment but he will be perked up by a net cord that Zverev runs down but eventually gives Federer a sniff at 30-30.

He is inches away from a set point with a backhand down the line but he does force deuce with a special one across the court. No idea where that angle came from.

Zverev then pings a backhand long to give Roger set point…but they trade backhands and this time the youngster is the winner.

At deuce, a simply stunning rally sees Zverev somehow keep the point alive with Federer at the net sending him one and another. The ball clips the line but Zverev though it was in, celebrating as though it was! He challenges unsuccessfully and then saves the resulting set point with a stone-dead net cord. 1-1 on that front. A first serve and a mis-hit Federer backhand later and it’s a tie-break.

Federer 6-5 Zverev*

Federer is quickly 30-0 up but then fails to pick up a delicate half-volley before getting out-rallied by Zverev to make it 30-30.

The 20-year-old thinks he’s in another point when he pings the forehand return, only to see the senior man on court punch the ball down the line.

Zverev is in control of the next rally though, before losing patience and netting an ambitious drop shot.

*Federer 5-5 Zverev

Zverev gets caught betwixt and between the service line and baseline in the opening point but then frustrates the heck of Federer with three unreturnable serves.

However, a brain fade from Zverev, chipping a ball straight into Roger’s overhead, gives the Swiss a sniff at 40-30…before the German serves another ace.

Federer 5-4 Zverev*

Serve-and-volley central for Roger, who pulls the tactic twice before relying on two big first serves to complete the love hold. Less than half an hour gone and we’re into game 10.

*Federer 4-4 Zverev

Not Roger’s best game as Zverev starts with an ace but then nets a couple of makable groundstrokes and punches a backhand passing shot wide.

Good, positive shot-making from the youngster though, mixing things up where possible.

Federer 4-3 Zverev*

Federer almost follows suit with a love hold of his own but takes a ball low on the volley six feet inside the baseline and flies it long. But the next serve is right on the money and Zverev can only loop it miles long.

*Federer 3-3 Zverev

Zverev holds to love. The serve is starting to function now.

Federer 3-2 Zverev*

Now we’re starting to find some range! Zverev wins the longest rally of the match with a backhand that just SOUNDS different from his others, so clean is the strike.

Federer then skips round a ball to play his signature forehand – only the flay it wide but he hits a classic ace out wide to the ad court to make it 30-30.

Some superb movement from Federer then keeps him in a high-powered rally and he gives it the first “come on” when Zverev goes long, which he does again next point to secure the hold.

*Federer 2-2 Zverev

Zverev really trying to play into Federer’s backhand where possible and two errors on that wing end the game.

Both players taking a bit of time to settle into this match.

Federer 2-1 Zverev*

Federer holds to love in emphatic style, sealing things with an ace. Jack Sock failed to create a single break point opportunity on Sunday and you wonder if Zverev will regret missing out on three in the opening game.

*Federer 1-1 Zverev

Zverev finds himself in a spot of bother after double-faulting his very first serves but recovers from 0-30 thanks to a 134mph unreturned serve and a generous piece of net tape carrying a Federer pass long.

But at 40-30 he racks up yet another unforced error, too many already really and he soon faces his first break point of the match…which he saves with his first ace. Another one, this time at 135mph gives him game point and Federer can only chip the last first serve (137mph) back for an easy smash.

Federer 1-0 Zverev*

Zverev marks the first card with a forehand winner before an uncharacteristic netted volley from Federer, followed by a forehand into the same part of the net. Three break points, the first of which is saved by an ace down the middle and the second when Zverev creams a second serve into the net. Another excellent serve down the T gets him to deuce and two points later, Federer is out of jail.

8.10pm: Two minutes to go. Federer to serve first…

8.05pm: Anyone who thinks Nadal and Federer are equally popular in London wasn’t here last night and tonight. The Swiss sends the crowd mental by simply walking out. Superb atmosphere.

7.55pm: Right then, Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus have wrapped up their place in the doubles semi-finals which means Federer and Zverev will be out on court in just a few moments.

Meanwhile, David Bowie’s “Heroes” blares out on the sound system which is, and I’ve said it before, exceptionally loud. I think that’s supposed to make it more fun?

7.45pm: With Rafael Nadal sitting in a hotel somewhere with his knee on ice, this tournament is supposed to be Federer’s to lose.

The six-time ATP World Tour Finals champion looks comfortable, composed and powerful on court at the moment and is an overwhelming favourite to add a seventh crown.

However, Zverev is not to be underestimated. He’s beaten Federer twice in his career, once on the grass of Halle and once in Montreal, although that came when the Swiss was obviously hampered by a back problem.

They should be walking out at 8pm for a start at around 8.15pm.