Alexander Zverev entered the quarter-finals of the Masters in Rome after a hard win against Japanese Kei Nishikori and meets none other than Clay Court King Rafael Nadal.
Rome – Soon after successful hard work in the sun of Rome, Alexander Zverev conceived with Rafael Nadal. Less than a week after their surprise win against the Spanish clay court King on the way to the Masters title in Madrid, Germany’s best tennis professional will meet Nadal early in the quarter-finals on Friday.
“I like playing against the best in the world. Jarev said soon after his win against Japanese Kei Nishikori that you’re here for it, you’re playing tennis for it: “It’s going to be a tough fight, but I’m looking forward to it.” Zverev won all. The last three pair against Nadal and not a single punishment. “There are different situations here,” Zverev said.
The two players toiled for a direct remake of the duel between the two favorites (30 May to 13 June) to win the French Open in Paris. Zvere ran after a set deficit against Nishikori and eventually won 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4. Nadal defeated Denis Shapovalov (Canada) 3: 6, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 3) to win two match points.
“The conditions are definitely better for Kei, but at the end of the day I am happy with the match,” said Zverev. After nearly three hours of play, the Hamburg man scored his second match point. Already eight days ago, he was 45th in the world in his opening match in Madrid. Of victory.
With five consecutive game wins, Zverev won
In the deciding set, Zarev quickly fell behind due to a break (1: 4), but remained focused and withdrew after a while. The 24-year-old won five games in a row.
Zverev significantly increased performance against Nishikori in the middle of the second set. After a 3: 3 rebuke, he clenched his fist for the first time. As a result, he had pace and won five consecutive games. With his fifth set of balls, he managed to equalize the set.
Angelique Kerber (Kiel) had earlier missed the quarter-finals at the WTA tournament in the Italian capital. Former world number one player Jelena Ostapenko lost in the second round of the $ 1.8 million clay court event against 6: 4, 3: 6, 4: 6. After 2:11 hours, Latvia played his first match ball.
Kerber could not take his break 3–1 in the decisive round and then missed six chances in one game to take service from Ostapenko. He left his service shortly thereafter.
Kerber reached the 16th round on Wednesday due to injury to her rival Simona Halep (Romania). From Kerber’s point of view, with a score of 1: 6, 3: 3, the world number three team caught the calf and left the match.