Alexander Zverev has reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career. The 22-year-old Hamburg professional tennis player won his quarter-final premiere at the Australian Open in Melbourne against three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland with 1: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 2. "It feels awesome. I don't know what to say," said Zverev after the game. "You can't imagine what that means to me. I hope it's the first of many times."
After a no chance first set, the world ranking seventh dominated the duel with the twelve-year-old Wawrinka and converted his first match point after 2:19 hours. A decade after Tommy Haas, a male German tennis professional is back in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. In 2009 Haas made it into the top four at Wimbledon. In 2007 Haas was also the last German semi-finalist in Melbourne,
Zverev has forgotten his disastrous start to the season with three losses. In the semi-finals on Friday, he will meet the Spanish world rankings Rafael Nadal or the Austrian Dominic Thiem. Zverev had reached the quarter-finals twice at the French Open, losing both times. "There are only the top eight players left in the world. I think everyone who is left has a chance," he said without losing the set after moving on to the quarter-finals.