US Open: Alexander Zverev loses to Kohlschreiber to suffer another GS blow

Tennis - John Millman and Joao Sousa will be unexpected players in the last 16

by Jovica Ilic
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US Open: Alexander Zverev loses to Kohlschreiber to suffer another GS blow

World number 4 Alexander Zverev has failed to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final for the 13th time in 14 appearances on the biggest tennis scene, suffering yet another surprising defeats when Philipp Kohlschreiber sent him out 6-7 6-4 6-1 6-3 after three hours and nine minutes! Sascha played well in the opening two rounds in his first tournament with an eight-time US Open winner Ivan Lendl in his box but that didn't help him to make a deep run in New York, leaving the last Major of the season with a mediocre 4-4 score and missing another chance for winning more points for the ATP Race.

This was their fifth meeting and the third win for the older German who ousted Alexander at the US Open in 2015 as well when they pushed each other to five sets. The veteran needed only four sets to take down the youngster this time around, dominating after losing the opening set tie break to reach the fourth round for the fifth time in the last seven years here in New York.

Zverev had poor percentages behind his initial shot and he got broken eight times from 12 opportunities he gave to Philipp, hitting 39 winners and 53 unforced errors while Kohlschreiber kept things under control with a 42-41 ratio, suffering only three breaks from 13 chances he gave to Sascha.

They traded breaks in games two and three and Zverev opened a 5-3 lead with another break in game eight. Philipp pulled it back in the next game and he saved two set points at 4-5 to prolong the set, only to miss a break point at 5-5 and lose a tie break 7-1.

Kohlschreiber fends off a break point at the start of the second set and we saw eight easy holds on both sides after that before the older player broke at love in game 10 to grab the set 6-4 and level the overall score. With the momentum on his side, Kohlschreiber scored breaks in games two and six to take the third set 6-1 and it was the best possible finish of the match for him in set number four, overcoming a 3-0 deficit to clinch six straight games and earn the place in the last 16. Third round results:

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Alexander Zverev John Millman Joao Sousa
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