World No. 7 Alexander Zverev was happy with his Australian Open first round clash as he thinks his opponent Marco Cecchinato also performed well. Zverev, seeded at No. 7, saw off three-time ATP champion Cecchinato 6-4 7-6 (4) 6-3 to progress into round two at Melbourne Park.
Cecchinato led 4-2 after the opening six games of the match, before Zverev claimed back-to-back breaks and stole the first set. The Italian was also up by a break in the second set but Zverev recovered from it and later stole the set in the tie-break.
Zverev found himself down by a break early in the third set as well but Cecchinato once again struggled to hold on to his serve and Zverev took the full advantage of it. "It was a great first-round match, a lot of high-level tennis, especially from the baseline," Zverev said, per the AFP.
Zverev's best result at Melbourne Park came last year, when he made the round-of-16. "I hope maybe I can do better than the last few years. I'm a year older, not much wiser, but trying my best, practising hard and trying to do the right things," Zverev added.