Germany’s best tennis player Alexander Zverev has been allowed to compete again against clay court king Rafael Nadal.
The winner of the ATP Masters in Madrid defeated Japanese Kei Nishikori 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4 in the second round of the Clay Court Masters in Rome and is thus in the quarter-finals. Zverev already had the number 45 in the world in his opening match in Madrid eight days ago. Won.
“Certainly the conditions are better for Kei, but at the end of the day I am happy with the match,” said Zverev. He was to “give his best on Friday. He is one of the best competitors in the world” against Nadal.
After almost three hours of play, Zverev converted his second match ball. In the deciding set, Zverev fell behind due to an early break (1: 4), but remained focused and withdrew after a while. The 24-year-old won five games in a row.
Zverev again against Nadali in the quarter-finals
In the duel for the semi-finals, Zverev now meets Nadal, whom he surprisingly defeated in Madrid in the same round. Nadal defeated Denis Shapovalov (Canada) 6: 3, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 3).
Jan-Lenard Struff (Warstein) went into the round of 16 with 7: 6 (9: 7), 1: 6, 4: 6 after over two hours of play against the Russian Lady Ruble on Wednesday.