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Patna : World No 3 Alexander Zverev, 24, Germany, and 8th seed Casper Ruud, 22, Norway, won their respective Group stage matches at season-ending Nitto ATP Finals at Turin, Italy, on November 18, 2021.
Third seed Zverev, the reigning Olympics Champion, defeated 7th seed Hubert Hurkacz, 24, Poland, in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 nearly 63 minutes winning 3 break points and 4 games in a row during the match. Both the players hammered 11 Aces each during the match. Zverev, in all, won 61 points to 41 points by World No 9 Hurkacz, who has lost all his three Group stage matches at the event. Zverev will face top seed Novak Djokovic, 34, Serbia, in semi-final on November 20, 2021.
World No 8 Ruud beat 10th seed Cameron Norrie, 26, UK, in three-sets 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 rallying back from one set down. Ruud fired 10 Aces during the match to 6 Aces by the Brit. Both the players won 2 break points each during the match. Norries though won 5 games in a row to3 by Ruud during the match. Ruud, however, won 78 points in the match to 75 by Norrie.