After 1:42 hours Alexander Zverev not only celebrated reaching the quarter finals of the Erste Bank Open, but also his 300th win on the ATP tour. However, Zverev had to go the extra round to beat Australian Alex de Minaur in three sets.
The first set was running away from de Minaur quickly, as Zverev jumped out to a 4-0 lead and served out the set 6-2. In the second, Zverev lost some of his concentration and the Australian immediately pounded on his chance, taking the second set 6-3. In the third, Zverev upped up the ante again and with two more breaks he took the set and the match. In the quarter finals he will meet Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, the number 6 seed in Vienna.
“A lot more to come”
Zverev was happy to have achieved this milestone: “I started when I was 16 years old, now I’m 24 – still quite young. I’m quite happy to have reached this achievement so early in my career and hopefully there is a lot more to come.”
Ruud outlasts Sonego
Norwegian Casper Ruud, the number 4 of the tournament, needed 2:42 hours to beat last year’s finalist Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.