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Zverev Wins in Halle; Anderson Prevails at Queen’s Club

NOVENTI OPEN—Halle, Germany

First-round results:

(2) Alexander Zverev Defeats Robin Haase 64 75
(3) Karen Khachanov Defeats Miomir Kecmanovic 76(5) 64
Pierre-Hugues Herbert Defeats (5) Gael Monfils 76(6) 64
Radu Albot Defeats Matthew Ebden 57 61 64
Steve Johnson Defeats Philipp Kohlschreiber 63 63
Joao Sousa Defeats Hubert Hurkacz 76(3) 61

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Fever-Tree Championships—London, Great Britain

First-round results:

(2) Kevin Anderson Defeats Cameron Norrie 46 76(5) 64
(4) Daniil Medvedev Defeats Fernando Verdasco 62 64
(5) Marin Cilic Defeats Cristian Garin 61 76(5)
Nicolas Mahut Defeats Frances Tiafoe 63 76(5)
Diego Schwartzman Defeats Alexander Bublik 62 63

Read & Watch: Zverev Fights Through In Halle

Down a break at 5-2 in the second set, Alexander Zverev could have cast his eyes to the seemingly inevitable third set against Robin Haase on Monday at the NOVENTI OPEN.

But the German kept his focus on what was in front of him, and didn’t even need to bother with a third set. The two-time Halle finalist (2016, 2017) beat Haase 6-4, 7-5 to make the second round at the ATP 500 event.

This is probably one of my favourite tournaments and I’m always motivated here. Last year, I played with an injury here and lost first round and this year I really want to do well. I hope this was a good start for a good tournament for me,” Zverev said.

Zverev dug himself out of trouble to serve for the match at 6-5 in the second set, but needed more heroics to stave off the Dutch veteran. The second-seeded Zverev saved two break points while serving at 6-5, including one during a 41-shot rally that Haase ended when he sprayed a backhand wide.

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Zverev fell to countryman Florian Mayer in the 2016 final and Roger Federer in 2017. Federer, a nine-time champion, is again the top seed at the grass-court event.

The 22-year-old Zverev will next face American Steve Johnson, who ended a three-match losing streak by beating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-3. Johnson hit 13 aces, won 85 per cent of his first-serve points (29/34) and never faced a break point.

He is someone who has an unbelievable serve, a very good grass-court game. He has won a [couple] tournaments on grass. He has a good forehand and a very good slice. He beat Philipp in straight sets, which also tells a lot,” Zverev said. “It won’t be an easy match but there are no bad players here. Therefore, there aren’t any easy matches here.”

Read & Watch: Zverev Fights Through In Halle

Down a break at 5-2 in the second set, Alexander Zverev could have cast his eyes to the seemingly inevitable third set against Robin Haase on Monday at the NOVENTI OPEN.

But the German kept his focus on what was in front of him, and didn’t even need to bother with a third set. The two-time Halle finalist (2016, 2017) beat Haase 6-4, 7-5 to make the second round at the ATP 500 event.

This is probably one of my favourite tournaments and I’m always motivated here. Last year, I played with an injury here and lost first round and this year I really want to do well. I hope this was a good start for a good tournament for me,” Zverev said.

Zverev dug himself out of trouble to serve for the match at 6-5 in the second set, but needed more heroics to stave off the Dutch veteran. The second-seeded Zverev saved two break points while serving at 6-5, including one during a 41-shot rally that Haase ended when he sprayed a backhand wide.

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Zverev fell to countryman Florian Mayer in the 2016 final and Roger Federer in 2017. Federer, a nine-time champion, is again the top seed at the grass-court event.

The 22-year-old Zverev will next face American Steve Johnson, who ended a three-match losing streak by beating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-3. Johnson hit 13 aces, won 85 per cent of his first-serve points (29/34) and never faced a break point.

He is someone who has an unbelievable serve, a very good grass-court game. He has won a [couple] tournaments on grass. He has a good forehand and a very good slice. He beat Philipp in straight sets, which also tells a lot,” Zverev said. “It won’t be an easy match but there are no bad players here. Therefore, there aren’t any easy matches here.”

Zverev Wins In Straight Sets For Only Second Time At Roland Garros

For only the second time in 11 main draw matches at Roland Garros, Alexander Zverev recorded a straight sets triumph on Wednesday.

The fifth-seeded German will be relieved to have weathered a late comeback by Mikael Ymer of Sweden in a 6-1, 6-3, 7-6(3) victory in just under two hours for a place in the third round for a third straight year.

Last year, Zverev came through three five-set clashes en route to his first Grand Slam championship quarter-final (l. to Thiem) and then beat Australia’s John Millman 7-6(4), 6-3, 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-3 in the 2019 first round on Tuesday. Read More & Watch Highlights

“I think I’m playing well again,” said Zverev. “I think a lot of tight matches have helped me in Geneva and here in the first round. Today, I was swinging at the ball quite nicely and hitting it very aggressively and it was a very good match for me.

“In important moments, I’m finally being very aggressive and stepping up. I think especially against John [Millman] in the fifth set I stepped up a lot and this is, I think, what I’m happiest about.”

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The 22-year-old struck 36 winners — including 12 aces — lost just 10 of his first-service points and won 20 of 27 points at the net. He was in complete control through to 5-3 in the third set against Ymer, was making his major championship debut this week, before the World No. 148 won three straight games. Zverev regrouped to win eight of the next 10 points to a 4/0 advantage in the tie-break.

Zverev will now face Serbian No. 30 seed Dusan Lajovic, who the German beat 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the 2018 Roland Garros second round. Lajovic, who has gone 3-4 since advancing to the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters final (l. to Fognini) on 21 April, knocked out French qualifier Elliot Benchetrit 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes.

Zverev is riding a six-match winning streak, which includes saving two match points against Nicolas Jarry in the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open final on Saturday for his 11th ATP Tour title.

Zverev Wins In Straight Sets For Only Second Time At Roland Garros

For only the second time in 11 main draw matches at Roland Garros, Alexander Zverev recorded a straight sets triumph on Wednesday.

The fifth-seeded German will be relieved to have weathered a late comeback by Mikael Ymer of Sweden in a 6-1, 6-3, 7-6(3) victory in just under two hours for a place in the third round for a third straight year.

Last year, Zverev came through three five-set clashes en route to his first Grand Slam championship quarter-final (l. to Thiem) and then beat Australia’s John Millman 7-6(4), 6-3, 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-3 in the 2019 first round on Tuesday. Read More & Watch Highlights

“I think I’m playing well again,” said Zverev. “I think a lot of tight matches have helped me in Geneva and here in the first round. Today, I was swinging at the ball quite nicely and hitting it very aggressively and it was a very good match for me.

“In important moments, I’m finally being very aggressive and stepping up. I think especially against John [Millman] in the fifth set I stepped up a lot and this is, I think, what I’m happiest about.”

Infosys powers real-time insights for every point

The 22-year-old struck 36 winners — including 12 aces — lost just 10 of his first-service points and won 20 of 27 points at the net. He was in complete control through to 5-3 in the third set against Ymer, was making his major championship debut this week, before the World No. 148 won three straight games. Zverev regrouped to win eight of the next 10 points to a 4/0 advantage in the tie-break.

Zverev will now face Serbian No. 30 seed Dusan Lajovic, who the German beat 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the 2018 Roland Garros second round. Lajovic, who has gone 3-4 since advancing to the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters final (l. to Fognini) on 21 April, knocked out French qualifier Elliot Benchetrit 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes.

Zverev is riding a six-match winning streak, which includes saving two match points against Nicolas Jarry in the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open final on Saturday for his 11th ATP Tour title.

Thiem, Raonic Reach BNP Paribas Open Fourth Round; Struff Ousts Zverev

BNP Paribas Open—Indian Wells, California

Third-round results:

Jan-Lennard Struff Defeats (3) Alexander Zverev 63 61
(7) Dominic Thiem Defeats (27) Gilles Simon 63 61
(13) Milos Raonic Defeats Marcos Giron 46 64 64
(18) Gael Monfils Defeats Albert Ramos-Vinolas 60 63
Miomir Kecmanovic Defeats (30) Laslo Djere 62 76(3)
Ivo Karlovic Defeats Prajnesh Gunneswaran 63 76(3)