World No. 3 Alexander Zverev said he thought he played well even though he had to come back from a set down to beat 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic. Zverev, seeded at No. 2, made a slow start to the mathc but recovered to beat former world No.
3 Zverev 4-6 6-4 6-4 and progress into the Madrid round-of-16. Zverev saved two break points in the fourth game, before he claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Zverev had a 4-2 lead and a break point to go up by a double break but he failed to convert as Cilic reduced the deficit to 4-3.
Zverev paid the price for not converting a break point in the seventh game as Cilic broke the German in the eighth and 10th game to overturn the deficit and steal the first set. Zverev bounced back in the second set as he broke Cilic in the third game and held on to his serve the rest of the set to force a decider.
In the third set, Zverev broke Cilic in the opening game and held on to his serve the rest of the way to complete a comeback win.
Zverev: I'm happy win the win
“I thought I played very well. I just lost focus in the first set,” Zverev said, as quoted on the ATP Tour website.
“But I am happy with the win and I am happy to be though. Marin is a difficult opponent, especially with the altitude here, so I am happy with this match”. Zverev is no stranger to deep runs in Madrid, having won the tournament in 2018 and 2021.
"It helps to be on this court again. It is always great to have those memories in the back of your mind,” Zverev added. “But I have to have this year on my mind and I have to focus on playing well and hopefully I can do that this week”. Zverev plays next Lorenzo Musetti, who defeated Sebastian Korda to reach the last-16.