Tennis, Australian Open, 3rd round: Alexander Zverev first time in the round of 16 - tennis - more sport
The world ranking fourth Zverev won his third round match in Melbourne against the Australian Alex Bolt on Saturday (19.01.2019) after 1:52 hours with 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 2. Zverev faces Milos Raonic (Canada / No.16) on Monday in the top-16 round. The 21-year-old had previously only jumped into the second week of a Grand Slam tournament at the French Open 2018 (quarter-finals) and in Wimbledon 2017 (round of 16) made it.
Against the world ranking-155. Bolt, who had come into the field of the Australian Open with a wild card, surprisingly beating Jack Sock (USA) and Gilles Simon (France / No.29), hardly gave Zverev any nakedness. Unlike the hard fought five-set win in the second round against the Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, he did not let Bolt come back into the game after the 2-0 sentence lead.
"He has incredible power"Zverev praised his opponent, "I had to return well and play through my game and it worked pretty well today." The world ranking fourth was so relaxed after the match ball that he joked in an interview with former champion Jim Courier about his lanky physique. "The many strength training shows no effect, sometimes I'm called asparagus on the tour"Zverev said.
Djokovic has to detain
Novak Djokovic, the men's top favorite, had to break for the first time against strong Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Melbourne. After 2:22 hours, the world number one brought the match but with 6: 3, 6: 4, 4: 6, 6: 0 home. The six-time Australian Open champion now plays against Daniil Medvedev for the quarter-finals.
Williams continues record mission
Previously, Serena Williams had continued her record-breaking mission in Melbourne confidently. The American moved into the second round with the third clear win in the third game, continuing to chase the 24th Grand Slam title, which would set her the Australian Margaret Court record.
The long-standing number one player in the tennis world won 6-2, 6-1 against 18-year-old Ukrainian Dajana Jastresmka, but now faces a much more difficult task. For the current world ranking first Simona Halep prevented a sisters duel between Serena and Venus Williams in the second round. The Romanian won in the third round with 6: 2, 6: 3 against the older of the two Williams sisters and meets so this Monday on Serena Williams.
Osaka with problems
Two other co-favorites, however, had big problems in the third round. US OpenWinner Naomi Osaka from Japan won 5: 7, 6: 4, 6: 1 against Hsieh Su-Wei from Taiwan and reached the last sixteen as in the previous year. The world ranking fourth Osaka was already in the second round 1: 4 back and fended off several chances of the number 28 seeded Hsieh to 2: 5 and then to 3: 5 from. The 21-year-old finally lowered her error rate against the uncomfortable opponent and sat down after just under two hours. The next opponent is number 13 Latina Anastasija Sevastova.
Dither win for Switolina
Jelina Switolina from the Ukraine only got on with the Chinese Zhang Shuai after almost three hours. Last year's winner of the WTA finals won 4: 6, 6: 4, 7: 5 and still drew 0: 3 in the final set.
Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber had already moved into the round of 16 on Friday and plays there against Danielle Collins from the USA on Sunday.