ATP Metz: Maden and Berankis reach R2. Tomic enters main draw

Tennis - Kenny De Schepper prevailed over Gregoire Barrere in three tie breaks

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Metz: Maden and Berankis reach R2. Tomic enters main draw

The 28-year-old German Yannick Maden had a busy schedule on Monday in Metz, losing in the final qualifying round against a compatriot Matthias Bachinger but entering the main draw as a lucky loser when Philipp Kohlschreiber decided to withdraw.

In the first round match, Yannick defeated another German Mischa Zverev 7-5 4-6 6-1 in two hours and nine minutes to celebrate his fifth ATP win and the fourth of the season. Zverev has been struggling to find the form this season and he lost the ground again in the deciding set tonight, suffering four breaks in total and earning only two on the other hand to end on the losing side.

The younger German drew first blood in the sixth game when he fired a backhand down the line winner to open up a 4-2 lead, only to get broken in the following game after a smash winner from Mischa. Zverev saved a set point at 4-5 with a volley winner but Maden found the way to break his rival in the 12th game after a forehand winner for a 7-5.

Yannick fends off two break points in the third game of the second set and Mischa did the same at 3-4 to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard. He then broke in the next game to move 5-4 ahead and he closed the set with a service winner a few minutes later to set up the deciding set.

There, Maden had the edge again and he broke at love in game two after a poor forehand from Zverev, saving three break points at 3-1 and bringing the game home with a beautiful lob to move closer to the finish line. It was all over for Mischa at that moment and he netted another forehand to lose serve in the sixth game, allowing Maden to seal the deal with a forehand winner in the next game for his first ATP win since Munich. Monday's results:


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