Seven-hour sessions paying off for Alexander Zverev as he reaches third round

Australian Open
Alexander Zverev and his shadow

It looks like it is all starting to come together for Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open as the seventh seed booked his place in the third round.

The German made a nightmare start to the 2020 season as he lost all three his singles matches at the ATP Cup, but two matches down at Melbourne Park and he is yet to drop a set.

He followed up his opening-round win over Marco Cecchinato with a confident 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 7-5 victory over Egor Gerasimov on Thursday.

Zverev, who promised to donate $10,000 for bushfire relief efforts in Australia after every win, struggled with his serve in the ATP Cup, but there were no signs of that as he didn’t serve a single double fault against Gerasimov.

Asked about how trying to rediscover his form, he replied: “Sometimes it’s difficult, sometimes it’s easy.

“The last week or so when we were practising, we were spending six or seven hours a day on court trying all kinds of things to find my game.”

The 22-year-old will play either Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili or Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco for a place in the fourth round.

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