Alexander Zverev booked a Grand Slam semi-final for the second time this virus-interrupted season as he overcame a slow start to beat Borna Coric 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(1), 6-3 on Tuesday at the US Open.

The fifth seed became the first German in 25 years to get this far at Flushing Meadows as the event lumbers on amid a COVID-19 lockdown scenario with no fans present.

Croatian Coric saved two match points but returned out on a third to send Zverev ahead at Flushing Meadows.

Zverev also reached the semis in January in Melbourne, where he lost to Dominic Thiem.

Alexander Zverev reaches his second Grand Slam semi-final at the 2020 US Open. Photo by Andrew Ong/USTA

“This is a great accomplishment,” Zverev said of his turnaround after a poor opening set.

“But I don’t want to stop here, I hope to continue the way I’m going.”

Coric stood 3-1 in the series but had little to offer on the night in the three-hour struggle. 

Zverev dominated with 18 aces while saving four break points. The match was are-run of the 2013 junior semi-finals here, won by the Croatian. 

Zverev now has two days off before his Friday semi.

The German began reversing his momentum after trailing a set and 2-4.

“I began playing more aggressively, I had not been playing at the level of a Grand Slam quarter-final,” Zverev said. “I got more consistent and my serve got better – I had nothing to lose at that point.

“I’ve been in the gym and on the track in the past five months. This is where that work pays off.”


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