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World No.45 Mischa Zverev became one of the four Germans to progress to the quarter-finals of the Gerry Weber Open, holding his nerve to dispatch 2007 champion Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(8) in Halle, Germany.
The German, pleased his crowd after saving a match point at 6-7 and 7-8 in the tie-break – having initially held a 6-3 advantage to himself – before winning the final three points of the match to win in two hours and 32 minutes. Zverev held a 4-2 lead in the decider, after rallying from a one-set deficit. He converted five of eight break point chances, and saved eight of 14 he faced on his own serve.
The 21 year-old Zverev, is through to his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season and improves to a 11-10 record for the year. The Hamburg resident is currently at a career high No.45 and is one of the five Germans in the Top 50.
Zverev will now meet compatriot Tommy Haas, after he knocked out Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6(3).