World No. 5 Alexander Zverev claims that the conditions at the Cincinnati Masters are absolutely fast. Zverev, seeded at No. 3, saw off Argentine Guido Pella 6-2 6-3 in the Cincinnati round-of-16. After the match, Zverev claimed it's the fastest court he has played the whole year.
“It’s the fastest court I have played on the whole year. In the first match I was struggling a little with rhythm and timing, but it does suit me with my serve and the power I have, when I decide to use it. Today I felt good out there,” Zverev told Tennis Channel.
“For me it’s more about how high the ball bounces, not the speed of the court. That’s maybe why I struggle on grass courts maybe than other surfaces. I’m a tall guy and I need the height to hit through the court.
That’s why I’ve won three Masters Series on clay and made the semis of the French Open this year. I’ve also had success on hard courts”.
Zverev dominated Pella
Zverev made a perfect start to the match, having broken Pella in the opening game of the match.
Zverev then had a chance to go up by a double break but Pella saved a break point in the third game. However, Zverev did go up by a double break eventually as he broke Pella in the seventh game before serving out for the opener a game later.
In the second set, Zverev broke Pella twice to secure a comfortable straight-set win. Zverev arrived to Cincinnati with a 0-6 record at the tournament. In his Cincinnati opener, Zverev beat Lloyd Harris to finally clinch his first Cincinnati win.
"I'm happy with how I am, I'm happy where I'm at and I'm happy to get my first win in seven years here," Zverev said afterward. "It's obviously a great start to the week."