Alexander Zverev has finally broken his quarterfinal shackles with the German denying former champion Stan Wawrinka at Melbourne Park to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal.
For years, the 22-year-old had been touted as the man next most likely to challenge the Big Three’s reign at the majors, but with only two quarterfinals to show from his first 19 attempts, he at last broke a hoodoo on Wednesday.
The No.7 seed flouted a first-set blitzing to power home 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 against the three-time major champion at Rod Laver Arena.
In reaching the final four, he became the first German man since Tommy Haas at Wimbledon 10 years ago to progress as far at a major.
“Feels awesome … I’ve done well in other tournaments, in World Tour Finals, won Masters, but could never make that breakthrough at a Grand Slam,” Zverev said.
“You cannot imagine what this means to me, I hope this will be the first of many … I did win the World Tour Finals. If I get to the finals this will be the greatest day of my life, but I like titles.”