ATP Cologne: Alexander Zverev delivers fury from initial shot to beat Verdasco

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ATP Cologne: Alexander Zverev delivers fury from initial shot to beat Verdasco

Competing in Germany for the first time since July last year, Alexander Zverev took down Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-1 in 63 minutes, earning the season's 16th victory. It was their sixth meeting and the fourth victory for the German, who is through to his third quarter-final in 2020, the first outside Majors.

The US Open finalist presented impressive numbers behind the initial shot, losing six points in his games and mounting the pressure on Verdasco who couldn't match those numbers, suffering four breaks to push the top seed over the finish line.

The Spaniard saved a break point in the first game with a service winner and hit another to bring it home and avoid an early setback. Alexander held at love in game two after a forehand winner before Verdasco repeated that a few minutes later to remain 2-1 in front.

Zverev was yet to lose a point after the second service game, holding at love and overcoming a 40-0 deficit at 2-2 to grab a break when Fernando netted a forehand. The German cemented the advantage with an ace in game six, opening a 5-3 gap with another booming serve.

Serving for the opener at 5-4, Zverev placed a backhand crosscourt winner to wrap it up and move closer to the finish line. Fernando sprayed a forehand error to lose serve in the first game of the second set before Alexander confirmed the advantage with a backhand down the line winner in game two.

Both players held at 15 in games three and four and Zverev grabbed another break at 3-1 when he forced a backhand error from Verdasco. The German held at 15 in game six and moved over the top with a break at love a few minutes later to advance into the quarter-final.

Zverev is competing in his seventh tournament of the season, reaching the semi-final at the Australian Open and the title match at the US Open.

Alexander Zverev lost six points behind the initial shot against Verdasco in Cologne.

After an incredible battle, Alexander lost to Dominic Thiem in New York in five thrilling sets despite serving for the triumph, suffering a significant blow and experiencing the fourth-round loss at Roland Garros to Jannik Sinner.

A teenager defeated the German 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours. Zverev reached the last eight in Paris in the previous two years, giving his best today but finishing on the losing side after battling with both Sinner and cold that had been bothering him for two days, taking a lot of energy from him.

The Italian showed his rich talent at Roland Garros, becoming the youngest Major quarter-finalist since Novak Djokovic in Paris in 2006. Also, Sinner is the first player to reach the last eight on his debut in the French capital after Rafael Nadal in 2005, setting the clash against Rafa in the quarters and leaving Zverev empty-handed.