German tennis star Alexander Zverev is in good spirits as he is happy to be in the second week of the Australian Open. The fourth-seeded German saw off Australian wildcard Alex Bolt 6-3 6-3 6-2 to reach the round-of-16 at Melbourne Park.
The world No. 4 previously beat Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene in his opener and French Jeremy Chardy in the second round respectively. Zverev blew a two-set lead against Chardy but avoided a shock exit as he managed to get a five-set win over the Frenchman.
After his win over Bolt, Zverev said: "Yeah I'm in the second week, so... Why wouldn't I be happy?. "There's always things to improve. But I think I played a good match today. I mean, obviously the match with Jeremy was very tough.
Generally speaking, heading into the second week, I feel pretty good." Bolt stepped away from tennis a few years ago but decided to give it another shot. When asked about Bolt, Zverev thinks that the 155th-ranked Australian has a chance to reach the top-50.
Zverev is set for a real test in the round-of-16 as his next opponent will be 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic. The German leads the head-to-head record against the Canadian 4-1. "I mean, we played twice, once on clay, once or grass, which were two very different matches obviously.
He's playing very well. Only lost a set to Stan in the tournament so far," Zverev said of his upcoming match against Raonic. "It's going to be a fun match. Obviously not a lot of rallies, not a lot of long points.
We'll see how it goes." Also read: Grigor Dimitrov says it is great to fly under radar at Australian Open