Second-seed Kei Nishikori saved three consecutive match points in the final set to beat South African Kevin Anderson 2-6 6-4 7-6 in the quarter-finals at the Geneva Open on Thursday (May 25).
Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka was down a set and an early break to a Sam Querrey before fighting back for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory.
Nishikori survived two match points in the eighth game on second serves - the second when Zverev hit an easy victor into the net. Still, he soon created a second match point with a forehand crosscourt service return for a victor.
Referring to Zverev's ability to serve and volley and win points at the net, the Swiss world No. 3 noted that his left-handed opponent in the final has "a special style that we don't see too often nowadays".
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"It was a great week for me here in Geneva", said Zverev.
The Frenchman, who had been struggling with a shoulder injury, won the final 7-6 (7/2) 7-5 against Tomas Berdych, saving two set points at 4-5 in the opening set. He (Anderson) had more chances, but I served a little bit better in the end. "It's important to win some matches like this", the Japanese world No. 9 was quoted as saying on the ATP World Tour's Web site.
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