Zverev Wins In Straight Sets For Only Second Time At Roland Garros

German to face Monte-Carlo finalist Lajovic in third round

For only the second time in 11 main draw matches at Roland Garros, Alexander Zverev recorded a straight-sets triumph on Wednesday.

The fifth-seeded German weathered a late comeback by Mikael Ymer of Sweden in a 6-1, 6-3, 7-6(3) victory in just under two hours for a place in the third round for a third straight year.

Last year, Zverev came through three five-set clashes en route to his first Grand Slam championship quarter-final (l. to Thiem) and then beat Australia’s John Millman 7-6(4), 6-3, 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-3 in the 2019 first round on Tuesday.

“I think I’m playing well again,” said Zverev. “I think a lot of tight matches have helped me in Geneva and here in the first round. Today, I was swinging at the ball quite nicely and hitting it very aggressively and it was a very good match for me.

“In important moments, I’m finally being very aggressive and stepping up. I think especially against John [Millman] in the fifth set I stepped up a lot and this is, I think, what I’m happiest about.”

The 22-year-old struck 36 winners — including 12 aces — lost just 10 of his first-service points and won 20 of 27 points at the net. He was in complete control through to 5-3 in the third set against Ymer, was making his major championship debut this week, before the World No. 148 won three straight games. Zverev regrouped to win eight of the next 10 points to a 4/0 advantage in the tie-break.

Zverev will now face Serbian No. 30 seed Dusan Lajovic, who the German beat 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the 2018 Roland Garros second round. Lajovic, who has gone 3-4 since advancing to the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters final (l. to Fognini) on 21 April, knocked out French qualifier Elliot Benchetrit 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes.

Zverev is riding a six-match winning streak, which includes saving two match points against Nicolas Jarry in the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open final on Saturday for his 11th ATP Tour title.You May Also Like: Zverev Saves 2 M.P. For Geneva Title

Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini made his way into the third round with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Argentine Federico Delbonis on Court 1. The ninth-seeded Italian capitalised on seven of his 11 break point chances, while saving eight of 12 faced on serve during the two-hour, 24-minute match.

Fognini will look to reach the Round of 16 for a second straight year when he faces Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, whom he leads 6-3 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series (3-1 on clay). Bautista Agut, the No. 18 seed, dismissed American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. 

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