Zverev shines in his New York debut against Querrey

The German gave a recital of aggressive and accurate play against the American. His next rival will be Ramos. Hurkacz, Shapovalov, Berrettini, Monfils, Sinner win ...


Alexander Zverev has pending accounts with the US Open. Last year, in the pandemic season, the German reached his first Grand Slam final, but Dominic Thiem removed him from the title. And judging by his debut in this edition of the tournament, Sascha seems extra motivated to reverse that result. In the shootout game of the day, Zverev showed Sam Querrey (whom he has always won) why he is the fittest player on the circuit (12 consecutive victories, along with the Olympic gold medal and the Cincinnati Masters) with a great performance in which, among other things, he only gave up 13 points with his serve: 6-4, 7-5 and 6-2 in one hour and 40 minutes of play.

Patience was the recipe Zverev used on his way to victory. In a duel of servers like this, the German knew that he had to impose his best game from the back of the court as soon as Querrey gave the slightest option. And so he did. With it 4-4 in the first set, Sascha got the break at his first opportunity and immediately did not forgive with the serve. In the second round he used the same formula: break after 5-5 and serve to seal. The emotional blow for the American was too much and that allowed Zverev to fly in a third heat without history. In the second round, the fourth seed in New York will face the Spanish Albert Ramos, who beat a fratricidal match against the French Lucas Pouille after lifting two match points: 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7- 5, 6-4 in three hours and 44 minutes.

Hurkacz sweeps

Hubert Hurkacz couldn't start with a better feeling at this US Open. The Pole, after settling this year in the noble zone of the ATP ranking, continues to show that the American tournaments are great for him. So much so that the three titles that appear in his record come from the United States: Winston-Salem, Delray Beach and his first Masters 1,000 conquered in Miami this year. This Tuesday, Hurkacz (13th) swept the Belarusian Gerasimov (6-3, 6-4 and 6-3), against whom he signed a tremendous balance of 38 winners and only 12 unforced errors. In the second round he already awaits the winner of the Seppi-Fucsovics.

Shapovalov's convincing debut

Denis Shapovalov (7th favorite) stepped over a player as fighter and uncomfortable as Federico Delbonis, that after a great start to the season, the season is long. The Canadian won 6-2, 6-2 and 6-3 in 1:49 with 90% of points won with first serves and 14 aces. In this way, he did not grant a break option to the Argentine, with whom he had never faced, at all in encounter. Shapovalov will face Carballés or Paul.

Worked victory for Berrettini

Matteo Berrettini, a finalist in the last edition of Wimbledon and a semifinalist two years ago in New York, had to work hard to overcome the French veteran Jeremy Chardy (34 years), whom he beat by knockdown and after putting his nerves to test in two tiebreakers: 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) and 6-3 in 2:31. Good test for the start of the Italian, one of the aspirants to make it difficult for Djokovic at the top of the table. Notably, Berrettini only made 14 unforced errors. He will face another Frenchman, Moutet, or his compatriot Travaglia.

Monfils enthuses

Gael Monfils is overflowing with happiness. He recently married Elina Svitolina and has recovered his good feelings on the tennis courts. This Tuesday, the semifinalist in 2016 and three times a quarterfinalist in the tournament comfortably beat the Argentine Federico Coria (6-3, 6-2 and 6-2 in 1:34), victory 30 in New York. Monfils tripled his opponent in winners (29-8) and will face Johnson or Marterer in the second round.

Sinner wins again over Purcell

Italian Jannik Sinner (13th) was able to react after losing the third set of a match he had controlled against Australian Max Purcell, who he had already won once, at the 2020 Australian Open, and did it again by 6-4, 6-2, 4-6 and 6-2 in 2:33. Sinner dispatched 49 winners to get into New York's second round for the first time on the third try. Sinner, who says he wants to be a great player when I am 23 or 24 years old (he is 20) will see his countryman Cecchinato or the American Svajda.

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