Tennis - Ferrer thrashes Zverev to reach Hamburg final

Top seed David Ferrer dismantled 17-year-old wonderkid Alexander Zverev 6-0 6-1 to reach the final in Hamburg.

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World number seven Ferrer took little time in thrashing Zverev, who had been the surprise package at this year’s be-at-home open in north Germany, by completing the rout in 56 minutes.

World number 285 Zverev was the youngest player to ever compete in the semi-finals of an ATP World Tour 500 event, and although he claimed a number of scalps on his way to the last four, he simply could not put up with Ferrer’s power and precision.

"I tried to play point by point and focused within myself," said Ferrer. "Maybe when I won the third game of the second set, when I broke him, he lost a little bit of his focus and the last two or three games he made more mistakes because he started playing well the second set. It was an important moment.

"There are a lot of expectations about him and sometimes it’s not easy to play with that pressure," Ferrer said of Zverev.

"But, anyway, he has a good future. He’s an unbelievable player, impressive, serves good, he’s intelligent. A good future for him."

Ferrer will now face Leonardo Mayer in the final after the Argentine came through his semi-final against Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5 6-4.

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