last edit: Mar 27, 2021, 9:29 am
It’s amazing how Alexander Zverev presented himself in the first two sets of his first single appearance at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Miami against Emil Ruusuvuori. Less in terms of play (good in the first round, no longer in the second), but rather because of the massive tape that the German wore on the right arm. The day before, during the double mission with Tim Pütz, none of this was to be seen. And Zverev had also wallpapered the left thigh and left shoulder.
The latter should stay that way for the entire match, Zverev put the tapes on the hitting arm after Ruusuvuori’s set equalization.
At the beginning of the match, nothing looked as if the winner of this game might not be Alexander Zverev. The favorite served well and won the 21-year-old Finn’s first two service games. 6: 1 after 37 minutes, everything according to plan. At the beginning of the second act Ruusuvuori began to play more offensively, changing his position on the return. Zverev’s serve decreased, there were a total of five breaks in this set. One more for Ruusuvuori, who equalized 6: 3.
Zverev helps with a double fault
In the decision, Ruusuvuori, who also had to go the full distance in round one against Carlos Alcaraz, looked fresher than his German opponent. The double mistake that gave the underdog the double break to 5: 1 finally sealed the fate of Zverev. After 2:04 hours, the greatest success on the ATP tour for Ruusuvuori, who plays against Mikael Ymer in round three, was perfect.
Tournament favorite Daniil Medvedev had no problems. It took the Russian just 56 minutes to beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-2 and 6-2. Medvedev now meets the Australian Alexei Popyrin, who surprisingly prevailed against Reilly Opelka with 6: 4 and 6: 2. Karen Khachanov, who had no problems against Yannick Hanfmann, is also ahead.
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