ATP Miami: Alexander Zverev hits rock bottom!

Alexander Zverev experienced a bagel and an early loss at the Miami Open

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Miami: Alexander Zverev hits rock bottom!

Former Miami Open finalist Alexander Zverev has not been a happy camper at the Miami Masters in his last few trips to Florida. Alexander has lost in the opening match in three of the previous four Miami campaigns, with the recent defeat against Taro Daniel.

The Italian with the wild card destroyed the German 6-0, 6-4 in an hour and 15 minutes in the second round. Alexander made a terrible start and failed to overpower the opponent in the second set after hitting over 30 unforced errors, mostly from his forehand.

Daniel hit the same number of service winners as his tall rival and outplayed him entirely from the baseline after taming his strokes nicely. Taro dropped only 12 points behind the initial shot and never faced a break point, a rare scene in his encounters.

The Japanese took almost half of the return points and turned them into four breaks, enough to emerge at the top and move into the last 32.

Alexander Zverev experienced a bagel against Taro Daniel in Miami.

Daniel left Zverev far behind in the shortest rallies up to four strokes and built a slight edge in the mid-range and most extended ones to seal the deal in style.

Taro forced Alexander's mistake in the encounter's first game for an early advantage. The Japanese closed the second game with service winners after deuces and grabbed another break in the next one thanks to a forehand down the line return winner.

With nothing working his way, Zverev sprayed a backhand error in game five to lose serve for the third straight time and find himself 5-0 behind. Taro seized the third set point in game six with a service winner for a bagel after 32 minutes.

Alexander saved a break point at the start of the second set with a volley winner at the net and held to get his name on the scoreboard. Both players served well in the next three games, with Daniel locking the result at 2-2 with another fine performance behind the initial shot.

Taro fired a forehand down the line return winner in the fifth game and earned three break chances. Alexander played a terrible forehand on the first to drop serve at love and fall a set and a break down. Daniel held at love in game six to confirm the advantage and served for the victory at 5-4.

He produced another hold at love after the rival's loose backhand to seal the deal in style and complete a rock-solid performance.

Alexander Zverev Miami Open