Alexander Zverev praises world No. 172 after Australian Open clash

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Alexander Zverev praises world No. 172 after Australian Open clash

German tennis star Alexander Zverev insisted that world No. 172 Maxime Cressy wasn't an easy player to play against following their second round clash at the Australian Open. Zverev, ranked at No. 7 in the world, struggled a bit in the opening set but he managed to claim a 7-5 6-4 6-3 win over the American.

Zverev converted his lone break point of the first set in the 11th game, before serving out for the opener a game later. Zverev struggled to break Cressy's serve in the second set as well but he managed to do so in the ninth game and then serve out for a two-set lead in the following game.

Zverev then claimed two breaks in the third set to wrap up a straight-set win. "He was an extremely difficult player to play against, having just come out of college,” Zverev said, per the ATP website. “I know his kind of game very well and I’m pleased to have won...

It's not always easy to play [against] someone like that."

Zverev plays next against Adrian Mannarino

Zverev will be battling Frenchman Mannarino for a spot in the Australian Open round-of-16. On Wednesday, Mannarino handed a 6-1 6-2 6-4 loss to Serb Miomir Kecmanovic.

"I played a good level of tennis," said Mannarino. "I'm really happy with the way I was playing. [Kecmanovic] has the type of game that suits me well. He's giving [me] really good pace, and I was just moving well around the court and trying to defend as well as I could.

I also thought I've been serving quite well in the key moments. The score looks [as if it was] not that hard, but I think that [it] was a really close match. It could have turned around really quickly, so I'm happy that I was able to leave the court quickly."