US Open: Zverev struggles in round two - Sport
Alexander Zverev has moved into the second round of the US Open with a five-set thriller. The 22-year-old from Hamburg won 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 in New York against Radu Albot of the Republic of Moldova. On Thursday, the best German tennis pro against Ivo Karlovic from Croatia or the US American Frances Tiafoe for the entry into the third round.
"It was very difficult, he started playing incredible tennis after two sets and came back in. After the last few months, it's important to win such a match, especially against such a quality player, that will help a lot in the tournament "Zverev told Eurosport.
Julia Görges and Andrea Petković are also in the second round. Görges won against Natalia Wichljanzewa after a false start 1: 6, 6: 1, 7: 6 (7: 1) and won for the fourth time in a row their opening match in New York. At the score of 5: 6 in the third set Görges fended off a match point, after two hours, the German number two took their first opportunity to match win.
Petković, however, reached the first time since 2016 again the second round in Flushing Meadows. The former top ten player from Darmstadt defeated the Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6: 3, 6: 4. The two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová from the Czech Republic is now waiting for the 31-year-old. Positioned 26 Görges gets it to do with wildcard starter Francesca di Lorenzo from the United States.
Earlier on Monday, Laura Siegemund won her opening game. Former world number one Angelique Kerber was eliminated in the first round of the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the tennis season. She lost to Frenchman Kristina Mladenovic 5: 7, 6: 0, 4: 6 and thus received her third defeat in the series. In Flushing Meadows, Kerber could not benefit from an injury to her opponent and had to give up after 2:24 hours beaten.
Kerber actually got off to a good start against Mladenovic and immediately took the serve off the Frenchwoman. But because she also had to give up her service after that, the first sentence was immediately open again. Although the German number one overall seemed a bit more dominant, but Kerber could not convert their slight superiority into enough points.