Olympic gold medallist Alexander Zverev prolonged his successful streak to eight matches and raced into the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Argentine Guido Pella Thursday.
The World No. 5 dropped simply 4 factors on his first serve and didn’t face a break level within the one-hour, 13-minute victory. The German mentioned that he’s relishing the quick situations in Cincinnati.
“It’s the quickest courtroom I’ve performed on the entire yr. Within the first match I used to be struggling a little bit with rhythm and timing, nevertheless it does swimsuit me with my serve and the facility I’ve, after I determine to make use of it. Right now I felt good on the market,” Zverev informed Tennis Channel.
“For me it’s extra about how excessive the ball bounces, not the velocity of the courtroom. That’s possibly why I wrestle on grass courts possibly than different surfaces. I’m a tall man and I want the peak to hit by the courtroom. That’s why I’ve received three Masters Sequence on clay and made the semis of the French Open this yr. I’ve additionally had success on laborious courts.”
The 2020 US Open finalist, who’s looking for his fifth Masters 1000 title, had not received a match in six prior appearances on the occasion. This yr’s Masters 1000 champion in Madrid will subsequent face World No. 11 Casper Ruud, who has now made the quarter-finals or higher in his previous 4 outings at this stage.
A semi-finalist this yr in Monte-Carlo and Madrid, the Norwegian continues to press his hard-court credentials – and his declare to a maiden berth on the Nitto ATP Finals – by beating Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-3 to succeed in his second Masters 1000 quarter-final in as many weeks. Earlier than his run to the final eight in Toronto final week, Ruud had by no means received a hard-court match on the Masters 1000 stage.
Rightly identified for his clay-court prowess, which reaped three consecutive titles after Wimbledon, Ruud is quietly constructing his road cred on laborious courts. The 22-year-old, who claimed his a centesimal profession match win within the second spherical this week, reached the fourth spherical of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals of Acapulco earlier than lacking the Miami Open by harm.
Towards Schwartzman, Ruud didn’t face a break level and dropped simply three factors on his first serve. Ruud is eighth within the FedEx ATP Race To Turin, and can pull additional away from ninth-placed Hubert Hurkacz, who fell as we speak within the third spherical to Olympic bronze medallist Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6(6), 7-6(3)