Alexander Zverev’s Grand Slam woes continue with third round US Open exit
Alexander Zverev is still searching for his breakout Grand Slam moment after being eliminated from the US Open in round three by fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Veteran Kohlschreiber came into the match very much as the underdog, but battled hard to earn a stunning 6-7 6-4 6-1 6-3 win against the fourth seed.
“I think it was a really entertaining match,” said Kohlschreiber, who is in the last 16 at Flushing Meadows for a fifth time.
“You have Sascha with the big serve, big strokes. My variety of the game worked out perfectly.”
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Zverev led 3-0 in the fourth set but lost the last six games.
“I returned very well,” Kohlschreiber said. “He usually likes to have free points on his serve, that was a key factor today that I played a lot of force back on his service games.”
“Slice, angles, they all paid off,” Kohlschreiber said. “Lucky me today.”
Zverev has built a reputation for under-performance at Grand Slams, and he’ll now have to wait until the Australian Open in January to try to put it right.
Kei Nishkori is through to the next round though after overcoming Diego Schwatzman in four sets.
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