David Ferrer ends Alexander Zverev’s winning run in Hamburg

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Hamburg, Germany (4E Sports) – Experience prevailed over youth at the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg as top seed David Ferrer defeated German teenager Alexander Zverev, 6-0, 6-1, victory in the semifinals Saturday.

The 32-year-old Ferrer converted five of his eight break points and won 74 percent of his service points as dismissed his 17-year-old opponent in 56 minutes to advance to his 44th tour-level final.

Ferrer goes for his 22nd title against Leonardo Mayer, a 7-5, 6-4 winner over seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Ranked No. 285 in the world, Zverev was the youngest player ever to compete in the semi-finals of an ATP World Tour 500 tournament, having ousted the likes of fifth seed Mikhail Youzhny and No. 11 Santiago Giraldo.

The 27-year-old Mayer, for his part, is eyeing his first ATP World Tour title, having finished runner-up in his maiden final on clay in Vina del Mar in February.

Meanwhile, Ivo Karlovic advanced to the semifinal of the Claro Open Colombia Saturday with a 6-3, 7-6(6) win over Jimmy Wang.

Karlovic goes on to face fellow 35-year-old Radek Stepanek, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over hometown favorite Alejandro Gonzalez.

In the other semifinal, wild card and former World No. 27 Bernard Tomic will face off against 33-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos.

Estrella Burgos reached his first tour-level semi with an impressive win over top seed Richard Gasquet, 6-3, 6-4, while Tomic defeated Vasek Pospisil, 6-4, 6-4.

On the women’s side, Mona Barthel and Chanelle Scheepers will clash for the Swedish Open title.

Barthel defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, while Scheepers downed Jana Cepelova, 7-5, 6-2, to earn spots in the final.

In Turkey, top seed Carolina Wozniacki advanced to the final of the Istanbul Cup via a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kristina Mladenovic.

For the title, Wozniacki will face Roberta Vinci, who defeated Ana Konjuh, 6-4, 6-2.

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