by Amy Teneri
NEW YORK, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Germany’s Alexander Zverev, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion, got off to a disappointing start by defeating American Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in the opening match at the US Open on Tuesday. Round.
Quere kept the match level during the first two sets, but made several unforced errors against Zverev, a finalist at the tournament last year, who didn’t leave much and added 25 winners.
In a confrontation between two mighty 1.98-metre-high servers, Zverev’s consistency was key and he won 90% of his points from the first serve, compared to 70% for Krewe, who defended himself by three points of the match in the seventh game. did but was eventually defeated in an hour 40 minutes.
Zverev, who came within two points of winning the tournament a year before Dominic Thiem lifted the trophy, is among a group of young players hoping to beat world number one Novak Djokovic.
Zverev said that Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Russian Daniil Medvedev, who lost to Djokovic in the finals of the French Open and Australian Open respectively, were two of the potential challengers for the world number one player, although he could not tell reporters his victory. were quick to remind. Tokyo 2020 semifinals, on the way to Olympic gold.
“I was the first person to beat him on grass or hard court this season, and I was also the only person to beat him in a major event this year,” said the German. “I hope I can keep the level high and maybe even play better, because it will be very difficult to beat Novak here.”
(Reporting by Amy Teneri in New York; Editing in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme)
“Wannabe troublemaker. Pop culture fanatic. Zombie nerd. Lifelong bacon advocate. Alcohol enthusiast. Tv junkie.”