Saturday March 27th 2021
Silent escape after bankruptcy
Zverev smashes rackets again
Germany’s top player Alexander Zverev surprisingly failed at the first ATP Masters of the year in Miami. Five days after his first tournament win of the season in Acapulco, the third-placed Hamburger defeated the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori 6-1, 3: 6, 1: 6 in the second round.
Zverev played consistently at the beginning and took the world rankings 83. directly from the first two service games. “I don’t know how I turned this match myself,” said the amazed Ruusuvuori, number 83 in the world, after the biggest win of his career.
In the second sentence, however, the 23-year-old from Hamburg lost the thread. After the break to 2: 3, his racket had to believe when Zverev angrily thundered him on the hard court. In the third set, Zverev looked tired, allowed the Finn’s game to be forced on him more and more and produced many avoidable errors.
Zverev did not comment after the defeat, almost in a hurry, he left the Hard Rock Stadium, where he only lost in the final against John Isner (USA) in 2018. Where Zverev starts the clay court season is open, the tournaments in Marrakech / Morocco, Marbella / Spain and Cagliari / Italy will be available from April 5th.
Another German progresses
Meanwhile, Jan-Lennard Struff has reached the third round in Miami. The Warsteiner prevailed 6: 3, 6: 4 against the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in his opening match. For Struff it was the second victory in the past six matches. In the round of the last 32, the 30-year-old meets the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut (No. 7). For Yannick Hanfmann, however, the second round was the end of the line. The 29-year-old, number 108 in the world, lost to 14 seeded Russian Karen Khachanov after 71 minutes with 3: 6, 2: 6.
For Andrea Petkovic, too, it was over in the second round. At the WTA tournament in the same place, Petkovic lost against number four French Open finalist Sofia Kenin (USA) 7: 6 (8: 6), 1: 6, 3: 6.