November 17, 2018 -- London, UK
Saturday's match in the O2 Arena was not just another semifinal for Roger. It was an opportunity to get into the Finals and win his 100th ATP Title and 11th Nitto ATP Final. Amongst that pressure, Roger also faced a player who has been on fire all week, Alex Zverev.
The young German played lights out tennis against the 37-year old Swiss star. Putting the pressure on when needing to and playing the tough points in an impressive manner. Zverev defeated Roger 7-5, 7-6(5) to make his way into the Finals and then win the Nitto ATP Finals against Novak Djokovic.
“I must tell you I'm very proud that at 37 I'm still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match, if I take a step back, I'm actually very happy about the season,” Roger said. “It's been a historic season in some ways. Got back to World No. 1. For me, that was a huge moment in my life, to be honest, in my career because I never thought I would get there again.”