Tie-break thriller: Zverev fights his way into 3.
Alexander Zverev wins in Miami very close against a Russian. Carina Witthöft goes under with the women after a clear lead.
Alexander Zverev (20) started into the Tennis Masters in Miami with a tiring three-set victory.
The fifth in the world rankings beat the Russian Daniil Medvedev after 2:13 hours 6:4, 1:6, 7:6 (7:5) and entered the third round. At the beginning, the Hamburg native had benefited from a walk-through as number four on the seed list.
Less than two weeks ago, Zverev had suffered a bitter defeat in Indian Wells, California. The German number one also had a hard time against Medvedev, who was two years his senior, but turned his back on the tiebreak with strong nerves. In round three, Zverev will face either David Ferrer (Spain/No. 28) or Jewgeni Donskoi (Russia).
Zverev is the last German player at the hard court Masters in Florida, which is endowed with almost eight million dollars. Previously, his brother Mischa, Davis Cup players Peter Gojowczyk and Jan-Lennard Struff as well as Maximilian Marterer had retired. Philipp Kohlschreiber from Augsburg, who surprisingly reached the quarter-finals in Indian Wells, had cancelled his start in Miami at short notice.
Carina Witthöft was disappointed in the women’s competition in Miami. After the 23-year-old from Hamburg had beaten Sarina Dijas from Kazakhstan in her third round match at 5:3 in the second set, she did not win any more and lost 6:4, 5:7, 0:6.
From a German perspective, only top player Angelique Kerber has a chance of advancing in Florida. The former world number one from Kiel will meet Anastasia Pavlyutschenkova on Saturday. Kerber has lost the last three duels against the Russian.