The german tennis pros had a successful debut at the second ATP tournament in poland.
Alexander zverev (hamburg) won his opening match against the australian john millman 6:0, 3:6, 6:3 three days after his victory at the first tournament and will now meet the eighth seeded frenchman adrian mannarino in the quarterfinals. Davis cup colleague jan-lennard struff won his first match in the second week against marco cecchinato (italy).
Zverev, who had completed an intensive training session with his brother and doubles partner mischa zverev on wednesday before the match, quickly got into his rhythm. He won the first set 6-0 in 24 minutes and then had more trouble with the australian, who took the second set.
"In the first set i played really round, after that i wasn’t as focused and not good. But somehow it worked out in the end," said the 23-year-old zverev, who will face the german french open winners kevin krawietz/andreas mies in a doubles match with his brother on thursday. The winners of paris entered the next round without a fight, because the spanish player fernando verdasco injured his shoulder.
Earlier, a week after his surprise first-round exit at the first tournament in colombia, struff had been the last player to reach the round of 16 with a much-improved performance on his second serve at the colombian arena. "I wanted to do better than last week and win at all costs. I managed to do that, too," said 30-year-old.
The german daviscup player from warstein defeated the sand court specialist cecchinato 6:3, 6:1 and will now face japanese yoshihito nishioka in the next round. "He is a very good player, the last match against him i only won by a narrow margin," said the world no. 32.
The german doubles daniel altmaier/oscar otte (kempen/koln), however, missed the entry into the quarterfinals. The duo lost to marcus daniel/philipp oswald (new zealand/austria) 4:6, 1:6.