Tuesday, November 30

Zverev awards two match balls – and wins the third


Dominik Koepfer is out, Alexander Zverev is one round further. The Olympic winner prevailed against Grigor Dimitrov in three tight sets and is in the quarter-finals.

Jubelpose: Alexander Zverev.

Jubelpose: Alexander Zverev.

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Despite great difficulties, Zverev is in the round of the last eight. Four days after his tournament victory in Vienna, the Olympic champion fought the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 7 (3: 7), 6: 3 and thus celebrated his third victory in the fourth duel with the 30- Year olds. The German number one will meet Casper Ruud from Norway on Friday.

Against Dimitrov, Zverev missed two match balls in the second set at 6: 5 and clearly lost the subsequent tie-break. In the decisive third round, the German number one looked visibly tired and had to fend off breakballs several times, but Zverev pulled his head out of the loop. The man from Hamburg finally turned onto the winning road when he accepted Dimitrov’s service to make it 4: 3. After 2:45 hours, Zverev used his third match ball.

Koepfer fails – Djokovic continues without a fight

Dominik Koepfer just barely missed another surprise. The Davis Cup professional lost against number seven seeded Poland Hubert Hurkacz 6: 4, 5: 7, 2: 6 despite a strong performance and was eliminated in the round of 16 at the ATP event, which is endowed with around three million euros.

In the previous rounds, the 27-year-old Koepfer had surprisingly won against the British Andy Murray and the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. Actually Koepfer had already failed in the qualification, but then slipped into the main field as a lucky loser.

Against Hurkacz, Koepfer took the first set 6: 4 after 42 minutes and was two times ahead with a break in the second round. Hurkacz then improved, managed to equalize the set and in the end made it to the quarter-finals. The number ten in the tennis world thus also kept her chance of participating in the ATP Finals in Turin.

The world number one Novak Djokovic is meanwhile in the quarterfinals without a fight because his opponent Gael Monfils could not compete in the round of 16 duel.


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