Zverev crawling towards the dream of “Flushing Meadows”

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New York (AFP)

Germany’s Alexander Zverev, ranked fourth in the world and runner-up last season, continued his brilliant career and reached the quarter-finals of the US Open, “Flushing Meadows”, by defeating Italian Yannick Sener 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7).

Zverev reached the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam for the seventh time in his professional career and the fourth in the last five Grand Slam tournaments.

The German, who won gold at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, will meet the winner of the American Riley Opelka, the second and the den, and the South African, Lloyd Harris, the 46th, in the quarter-finals.

“The match was top-notch from start to finish, and there were a lot of big kicks,” said Zverev, who extended his winning streak to 15 after the match.

He added: I am happy to qualify for the quarter-finals and we will see where we go. After winning two consecutive sets, Zverev struggled to resolve the third set, in which Sener had two chances to win, especially when he broke Zverev’s serve in the twelfth game, before Zverev came from behind and decided the match.

And the German player continued: This is the case in the past few months. Players who have confidence know exactly what to do in these situations. I am happy to qualify by winning three sets without a response. Zverev indicated that he keeps his Olympic gold medal with him as morale and to embrace it whenever he wants.

“I hug her at night, I don’t have a girlfriend so the gold medal sleeps with me, I keep it here, it’s a little reminder of what happened last month and to gain some extra energy,” he said.

Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic qualified for the quarter-finals, after defeating Poland’s Iga Švientek, the French Open champion last year, 7-6 (14-12), 6-3.

Šviontik had previously won the only meeting that brought the two players together in the final of the Adelaide tournament last February, but Bencic did not drop a set after this week and only lost three times.

Regarding her performance, Bencic said: “My performance has improved a lot, and I am happy to be back and qualifying.” And she continued: In the tie-breaker, it was a bit of luck, the second set began to be more relaxed.

In the next round, Bencic will face the winner between British Emma Radocano (18 years) and American Shelby Rogers, who eliminated the Australian Ashleigh Barty, ranked first in the world. Radnokano will be the third player in history to qualify from the qualifiers and reach this round, along with Estonian Kaia Kanepi in 2017 and American Barbara Gherkin in 1981.





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