Zverev Finds His Comfort Zone With Win Over Canadian Youngster
Muhammad Rameez 5 days ago Wed 17th April 2019 | 08:31 PM
Alexander Zverev rediscovered traces of his best form with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Felix Auger-Aliassime on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters
Rafael Nadal starts his bid for a 12th title here later, with an opening match in the second round against fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.
The 21-year-old Zverev played the semi-finals in Monte Carlo a year ago but has yet to hit his stride this season.
That may be starting to change.
"I've been training well but haven't been able to take that into matches.
Zverev swept the opening set in 30 minutes but had to get through a series of three straight breaks of serve between him and his opponent before finally advancing in 78 minutes.
The third seed broke six times and will next face Italy's Fabio Fognini, who reached the third round when French opponent Gilles Simon was unable to play their match due to back problems.
Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas moved ahead, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-5.
"I need to maintain my focus, my concentration, my aggressive mindset when I'm on the court," Tsitsipas said.
"This is the first big clay court tournament, not everyone is very well prepared for that. It's been a long hardcourt court season before the clay."Britain's Cameron Norrie defeated Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, while Pierre-Hugues Herbert stunned 2018 finalist and fifth seed Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-4.