Alexander Zverev: The German Tennis Star Destined For Superstardom

Ross Houston
August 17, 2017

Time will tell if the break will do 20-year-old Zverev good with the US Open just over a week away but for Tiafoe it could be a career-defining victory as it was his first success against a top 10 player.

"I'm completely dead right now", Zverev said.

Unlike at tournaments in Washington and Montreal, where Zverev barely survived his opening match before cruising to the title, the fourth-seeded German was on Wednesday unable to get past the first hurdle at this US Open tune-up event, reports Efe.

American wildcard Frances Tiafoe caused an upset as he eliminated in-form Alexander Zverev at the Western and Southern Open, while top seed Rafael Nadal progressed.

1 Nadal saw off Richard Gasquet to advance to the round of 16.

Frances Tiafoe of the United States in action against Alexander Zverev of Germany during their match in the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, 16 August 2017. So I'm just trying to enjoy the moment and just trying to be ready to compete well here. "My game plan was to keep the rallies long and keep him out there and that's what I did".

Tiafoe will meet John Isner next and said he knows he will be tested by his compatriot's booming serve. While he was never about to quit, even going so far as to say that he "could have easily pulled the plug in the second set, but I'm not going to retire just because I'm exhausted", he did point out to all those expecting big things that "I'm not a machine".

"She's a genuine champion of the game and has, I think, paved the way for us young players coming through so to play like I did, I'm really excited". "I think (Zverev) recognises that as well".

"It's been great. I won back-to-back weeks, two big events. I'm very sorry for all of them and I wish all of them a fast and good recovery", he said.

Del Potro advanced with a 6-4 6-4 win over American qualifier Mitchell Krueger, winning each set on a late break. "There's a physical limit to all of us and I've reached that now".

Del Potro, a time-time Cincinnati semi-finalist, eased past American qualifier Mitchell Krueger, winning 6-4 6-4 while seventh seed Dimitrov came through a tough first set was a 7-6 6-4 victor over Spain's Feliciano Lopez as he looks to go one better than last year's semi-final at the tournament.

Australian Nick Kyrgios beat Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) to reach the third round, where he faces unseeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic.

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