Tennis Grand Prix: Zverev and Kerber impress in the third round of the US Open

Not surprisingly, Alexander Zverev moved to the third round of the US Open. The way he outdid his opponent was unexpected.

Alexander Zverev admired US Open With a clear warning sign in just 74 minutes, Angelique Kerber The beauty returned after a short night.

The two German tennis players made an impressive third appearance at the Grand Slam in New York on Thursday. Also of note was the victory of qualifier Oscar Otti, who played after 6:4, 6:4, 6:2 against American professional Dennis Kudla also for a place in the round of 16.

And for those like Zverev: “I’m looking forward to what’s to come now,” Olympic champion Zverev said after showing Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas a difference in his class with his 6:1, 6:0, 6:3 success: “I tried to play as good as I could.” Possible. I did well. It’s great that I finished in three sets and played less than an hour and a half. I will need energy in the other matches.”

Kerber with confidence

Kerber had a successful revenge in 6:3, 6:2 against Anhelina Kalinina from Ukraine It still has enough energy left due to the intensity Thunderstorms He hardly sleeps. “It was a complete mess. When I was in bed, it was about four or five. This morning, the alarm went off at 9 a.m., so the night was actually quite short,” said the Keel woman. , whose match was scheduled for Wednesday was postponed, told Eurosport: “That’s why it was important to focus from the start.”

Against the world rankings 76. The Keel woman made her a lot better this time than she had three months ago. It was against this Kalinina that Kerber showed a partly indisputable performance at the French Open in Paris and was eliminated in the first round. But the three-time Grand Slam winner has now shaken off that low level. The 33-year-old appears again with noticeably more aggressiveness – and she’ll be sorely needing her for the next mission. The German top seed will compete against former US Open winner Sloane Stephens on Friday.

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Zverev took his show of strength routinely. The hamburger took the momentum from winning the gold medal at the Summer Games in Tokyo and the title at the US Open Prep in Cincinnati to New York. “He showed on the pitch that he is a different player,” said Boris Becker. Against world number 48. Ramos-Vinolas was clearly a better Zverev tennis player in every respect from the start. “It was a good day,” Zverev said. “I think Albert didn’t show his best tennis. I’m playing well at the moment.”

Initially, the 33-year-old left-hander from Barcelona, ​​the German top seed, gave his first serve match with unintended fouls. Zverev’s break to 1:0 followed further into 4:1 and 6:1. The fact that the Spaniard had kept his service game at 1:2 should remain his only win in the game for a long time. Because the 2020 US Open final went on like this with a refreshing nature. With three more breaks, Zverev awarded the Spaniard the maximum penalty in the second set.

In 2020, he was just two points away from his first Grand Slam title on that tennis court in the final against injured Austrian Dominic Thiem, and that lost success is what propelled him. When Ramos-Vinolas finally managed to win the match again to make it 3-1 in the third set, the crowd applauded cheerfully. A little later, Zverev won his thirteenth consecutive victory. He wants to go on to beat Jack Sock of the United States or Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan. As the fourth German, Peter Gojowczyk is still there.

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