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Alexander Zverev Is Still A Work In Progress, Says Coach Ferrero

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Too much success at once took its toll on Alexander Zverev this season, according to his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.

 

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the tour. He has won five ATP titles on three different surfaces (clay, grass and hard courts). Included in those five is two Masters 1000 accolades from Rome and Montreal. Only Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won more trophies than him in 2017. Overall, Zverev has managed to win 55 out of 77 matches played.

Guiding Zverev on the tour is former world No.1 Ferrero, who he once described as ‘one of the nicest guys’ he has ever met. The two joined forces during the summer for a short period before it was later extended to a more permanent basis. Their last tournament of the year was at the prestigious ATP Finals in London. Zverev, who was the youngest participant in the event since 2008, won one out of his three group matches. It was a disappointing outcome for the world No.4, but one Ferrero believes will be important for the future.

“What we are witnessing is a before and after for Sascha,” Ferrero told atpchampionstour.com.
“His experience this week in London will come in handy; he’s learning how to handle himself during these types of events. That’s essential to his growth.”

As well as the success, Zverev has also encountered setbacks on the tour. In the grand slam events, he failed to reach the second week at all of them. Wimbledon was his best performance of the year after he reached the fourth round before losing to Milos Raonic in five sets. Outside of the majors, he also encountered a dip in his results after the US Open. Reaching the semifinals of one out of six tournaments.

“It has been a very important year for Sascha,” said Ferrero. “These accolades have all come very quickly, and that’s something that he has struggled to handle at times. Part of my goal is to keep him balanced and not to lash out when things don’t go his way. That will improve over time, but I’m trying to accelerate that process. He has to keep growing, keep gaining experience.”

The Next Generation star is aware that he still has far to go. At the Tour Finals in London, he described the end of his season as ‘crap.’ Zverev’s frank admission came after his last match of the year. Where nerves and inexperienced for the better of him. Resulting in a three set loss to Jack Sock.

“It’s an awesome year with two Master 1000 titles but at the end of the year it was absolutely crap for me. If I would have played the whole year like I did, by the end of the year I don’t think I would have finished in the top 50.” He evaluated.

Tipped to be a future world No.1 by both Federer and Nadal, the future is bright for Zverev. He ends his season at fourth in the world. Becoming the youngest player to end a season in the top four since Novak Djokovic in 2007.

Title won by Zverev in 2017

Open Sud de France – def. Richard Gasquet
Bavarian Championships (Munich) – def. Guido Pella
Italian Open (Masters 1000) – def. Novak Djokovic
Washington Open – def. Kevin Anderson
Canadian Open (Masters 1000) – def. Roger Federer

 

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Emil Ruusuvuori upsets Aslan Karatsev in Nur Saltan

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Emil Ruusuvuori upset Aslan Karatsev 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to advance to the quarter finals at the Astana Open in Nur Sultan. 

 

Ruusuvuori has reached the semifinals in Atlanta and Winston Salem and beat Alexander Zverev en route to the fourth round at the Miami Open last April. 

The world number 84 set up a quarter final match against Ilya Ivashka in the quarter finals. Ruusuvuori will be bidding to take a re-match against Ivashka, who won their previous head-to-head match in Winston Salem last August. 

Alexander Bublik came back from one set down to beat Miomir Kecmanovic 2-6 6-3 7-5. Bublik set up a quarter final match against Carlos Taberner, who rallied past Egor Gerasimov 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 7-5. 

Soonwoo Kwon knocked out Dusan Lajovic 7-5 6-4 after 1 hour and 38 minutes setting up a quarter final against Laslo Djere. 

James Duckworth edged Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 to get through to his first quarter final of the season. Duckworth will take on reigning Astana Open champion John Millman.  

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Hubert Hurkacz beats Lucas Pouille to advance to the quarter finals in Metz

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Top seed Hubert Hurkacz eased past Lucas Pouille 6-2 6-3 with three breaks to advance to the quarter final at the Moselle Open in Metz after 68 minutes. Hurkacz has extended his lead to 3-1 in his head-to-head against Pouille. 

 

Hurkacz broke twice in the second and eighth games to win the first set 6-2. He claimed the second set with another break in the fourth game.  

Hurkacz was playing for the first time since his second round defeat against Andreas Seppi at the US Open.  The Polish player, who won at Delray Beach and the Miami Open last March and is currently ranked ninth in the ATP Race to Turin, set up a quarter final against Andy Murray. 

“It was a good match from my side. Lucas is a great player. He is playing very aggressively. H eis coming back and I have high hopes I will see him closer to the top 10, he has the game. It was really great to play here in front of you guys, it was a lot of fun. I was able to practise here a couple of times on this court, so that helped for sure. I played two doubles matches with my friend Jan Zielinski. I really enjoy playing here and it is nice to see the crowd. It is a great atmosphere. ”, said Hurkacz. 

Gael Monfils beat Phillip Kohlschreiber 7-6 (7-2) 6-4. The first set went on serve with no breaks en route to the tie-break. Monfils earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Monfils went up a 2-0 lead with a break in the first game of the second set. Kohlschreiber broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Both players traded breaks in the seventh and eighth games to draw level to 4-4. Monfils broke for the third time in the ninth games and served out the win at love. 

Monfils set up a quarter final match against Nikoloz Basilashvili, who came back from one set down to beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 0-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4). 

Davidovich Fokina broke serve three times at deuce to win the opening set 6-0. Basilashvili claimed the second set 6-4 with a break in the first game.

Davidovich Fokina earned the first break of the third set on the fourth deuce to take a 2-0 lead. Basilashvili broke back in the seventh game to draw level to 4-4. Basilashvili saved four break points in the 10th game. Davidovich Fokina fended off five break points to hold serve in the 11th game after 10 deuces. Basilashvili earned three match points at 6-3 with three mini-breaks. Davidovich Fokina saved a match point, but Basilashvili sealed the win on his second chance. 

German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk edged past Karen Khachanov 6-3 7-6 (7-2) to advance to his third quarter final of the season. Gojowczyk claimed the first set 6-3 with a break in the fourth game. The second set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Gojowczyk got three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Gojowczyk set up a quarter final against Marcos Giron, who upset Alex De Minaur 7-5 7-6 (7-5). De Minaur went up a 5-1 lead with two breaks. Giron pulled both breaks back to draw level to 5-5. Giron won the final two games with a break in the 12th game. De Minaur broke serve in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead. Giron converted his second break-back point to draw level to 6-6. In the tie-break Giron went up a 3-1 lead with a mini-break. De Minaur broke back to draw level to 3-3 and earned another break to take a 5-4 lead, but Giron won the final three points to claim the tie-break 7-5.

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Maria Sakkari beats Jelena Ostapenko to reach the quarter final in Ostrava

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Number 4 seed Maria Sakkari beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-4 6-2 after 1 hour and 23 minutes in his opening match at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open to reach her seventh quarter final of the year. 

 

Sakkari and Ostapenko were tied 1-1 in their previous head-to-head matches. Ostapenko beat Sakkari 6-2 4-6 6-2 on green clay at Charleston 2017. Sakkari took a re-match over Ostapenko with a 6-1 3-6 6-2 win over her Latvian rival. 

Sakkari has continued her successful season highlighted by two Grand Slam semifinals at Roland Garros and at the US Open. Ostapenko reached the final in Luxembourg last week. 

Ostapenko saved two break points in her first three service games at deuce. Sakkari converted another break point in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. The Greek player broke serve in the first game of the second set with a forehand winner. 

Sakkari got a double break in the third game and held his next service games to close out the second set 6-2. 

Number 7 seed Elena Rybakina qualified for her sixth quarter final of the season with her 6-3 2-6 6-1 win over qualifier Magda Linette after 1 hour and 37 minutes. 

Rybakina earned her first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The Kazakh player saved three break-back points in the fourth game and sealed the first set 6-3 with a double break in the ninth game at deuce. Linette earned an early break in the first game of the second set. Rybakina broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Lynette won the final four games with a double break to take the second set 6-2. 

Rybakina earned her first break point in the third game at 2-1 lead, as Linette made a double fault. The Kazakh player broke serve at love in the fourth and sixth games to win the third set 6-1. Rybakina set up a quarter final clash against number 1 seed Iga Swiatek in their first head-to-head clash. They have never met at WTA Tour level. They met twice at junior level a 1-1 tie in their two head-to-head matches. Swiatek beat Rybakina 6-2 6-2 on hard court at Repntiny 2018. Rybakina this defeat by beating her Polish rival 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 on clay in the final of the Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan.

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