ATP US Open: Alexander Zverev moves closer to Novak Djokovic clash
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 2233
The 4th seed Alexander Zverev is through to the third round at the US Open following a commanding 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 triumph over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in an hour and 14 minutes. The last year's US Open finalist dictated the pace on both serve and return to earn one of his most dominant Major victories and remain on Novak Djokovic clash course if they win three more matches.
Alexander almost won twice as many points as Albert, with the Spaniard showing some form in the third set. The German's initial shot worked like a charm, losing nine points and never facing a break point while taking half of the return points, converted into seven breaks from 15 opportunities.
Firing his engines, Zverev broke in the opening game after forcing the opponent's error and held in the next one with a service winner for an early advantage. In the third game, the Spaniard held at love to get his name on the scoreboard before the German fired another unreturned serve in the next one for a 3-1 lead.
Alexander Zverev is safely through at the US Open.
Finding targets with deep and strong groundstrokes, Alexander forced another mistake in the fifth game to grab a break and move 4-1 ahead before holding at 15 to increase the advantage.
Returning at 5-1, Zverev clinched the set with the third break of serve, looking great on the court so far and hoping for more in the rest of the encounter. Ramos-Vinolas disappeared from the court in set number two, experiencing a bagel and pushing the opponent closer to the finish line.
Alexander broke in the second game and repeated that at 3-0 when a left-hander netted an easy forehand. Seeking a bagel, Zverev landed a forehand down the line winner in the sixth game for a massive advantage after only 45 minutes.
Alexander held at the beginning of the third set with a service winner and broke a few minutes later after another loose forehand from the Spaniard. Ramos-Vinolas held in the fourth game to avoid another bagel and did the same at 1-4 to remain within one break deficit.
Ramos-Vinolas extended the clash with a good hold at 2-5 before Zverev sealed the deal with a hold at love in game nine for a place in the last 32.