Alexander Zverev plays poorly in Melbourne – but gets ahead. In order to go far at the Australian Open, he has to improve significantly.
Alexander Zverev was only able to avert an early exit at the Australian Open with a lot of effort. The Olympic tennis champion won in Melbourne against the Slovakian qualifier Lukas Klein 7:5, 3:6, 4:6, 7:6 (7:5), 7:6 (10:7) and moved into the first Grand Slam tournament of the season into the third round.
In the fight for a place in the round of 16, Zverev will face Alex Michelsen from the USA on Saturday. The 26-year-old scored his first match point against Klein after 4:30 hours.
Unfocused and lacking energy
In Jan-Lennard Struff and Tatjana Maria, two other German tennis professionals have the chance to move into the third round. Struff will face Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in his second round match. Maria, the only remaining German player, will play against number 26 seeded Italian Jasmine Paolini.
In his second appearance at Melbourne Park this year, Zverev seemed unfocused and lacking energy for a long time. Only when he was on the verge of elimination in the fourth set did he fight his way back into the game against the world number 163 and prevent another Grand Slam disappointment.
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