Despite good resistance, Arthur Fils gives in against Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals in Halle

Despite good resistance, Arthur Fils gives in against Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals in Halle
Despite good resistance, Arthur Fils gives in against Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals in Halle

Rather lackluster this season, Arthur Fils took up the gauntlet on grass, leading by one set against Alexander Zverev in the quarter-final before dropping his flag against world No. 4 Alexander Zverev in Halle.

After a disappointing clay court tour, we weren’t particularly expecting much for Arthur Son on the grass, a surface on which he did not shine last year. However, his game seemed to lend itself to it, and he found his rhythm by winning two matches to reach the quarterfinals in Halle. Problem, today he faced the local idol, Alexander Zverev.

Two big servers, big hitters, face to face on a fast surface, we could expect a battle of aces and winning services. But this has not always been the case. However, as is often the case on grass, getting as many firsts as possible was crucial to survival. Effective in this sector of the game, ready to seize the slightest opportunity, the Frenchman was also going to obtain the only break point of the set, without concluding.

And as is often the case on grass, it was on a tiebreak that a first decision would be made. More aggressive, Arthur Son took his chance, making a first mini break, then a second which he would bring to the end. Veering into the lead, he frustrated the crowd, but only half the way was done. Especially since Zverev, piqued, showed himself to be more enterprising on the French throw-ins.

And after two missed opportunities in the fourth game, the German would win the bet two games later, taking the opponent’s service blank. He then seemed set to force a third round, and despite a little tremor when concluding with his put in play, his service came to the rescue and allowed him to equalize, beginning the resistance of a Frenchman who was nevertheless not stingy with shots. quality.

Having the advantage of serving first, Arthur Son first tried to keep his throw in play. As long as the first pass, no problem, but he did not manage to be really dangerous on the opponent’s serve. It was during the 7th game that everything changed, when the Frenchman committed two double faults and served the break on a plateau to his rival, who only had to tighten the game on his serve to conclude.

On the verge of breaking, the Frenchman courageously saves two match points on his commitment, and forces his rival to serve for the match. Experience would then speak, and Alexander Zverev concluded properly, imposing 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4. Too bad, because Arthur Son showed a much higher level than in recent weeks, but against a top player, each drop in performance is fatal, and it will have cost him too dearly today.

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