German tennis ace Alexander Zverev was just happy to survive a tough US Open first round clash as he showed his class by praising opponent Radu Albot after their clash. No. 6 seed Zverev, who has been struggling with his form in recent months, needed five sets to beat Albot despite getting off to a two-set lead 6-1 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-2.
World No. 41 Albot recovered from an early break down in the fifth set but sixth-ranked Zverev kept his focus as he broke the 29-year-old two more times to progress into round two. "I'm happy to win. Full stop," Zverev said after the match, as revealed on the ATP website.
"Obviously against a player like Radu, he's somebody who picks up his level and it's never going to be easy. He's one of the toughest players we have. I'm just happy to get through." Next up for Zverev will be second a round date with home favorite Frances Tiafoe, who was up by two sets before the big-serving Ivo Karlovic retired their first round match.