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PARIS (Reuters) – Alexander Zverev says he should be “error-free” if he was to defeat top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal within the semi-finals of the Paris Masters on Saturday.
Spain’s 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 7-5 6-1 on Friday earlier than Zverev downed Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-3 7-6(1) to arrange a blockbuster conflict.
“Once you play Rafa at any stage of the event, it’s a must to be error-free to have success,” Zverev informed reporters after his victory.
“Although at later levels I feel all the highest gamers all the time play higher and it is much more tough to beat them. I am wanting ahead to that match. It will be a really tough problem.
“I feel Rafa is extraordinarily motivated right here. He has by no means received this event, so I feel for him that is further motivation, as effectively. For me as effectively. That is the perfect consequence up to now that I’ve completed in Paris, however I hope I can go additional.”
Whereas each gamers are aiming for his or her maiden Paris Masters title, the 23-year-old Zverev trails 5-1 towards Nadal in earlier conferences along with his solely win coming towards the Spaniard ultimately yr’s ATP Finals in London.
“I imply, I feel a lot of the tennis gamers on this planet are in a deficit towards Rafa,” Zverev mentioned with a smile. “I feel that is fairly regular.”
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