ALEXANDER ZVEREV BEATS RICHARD GASQUET IN A THRILLER IN MONTREAL ATP TENNIS

Written by: on 10th August 2017
Print This Post Print This Post
DG11pO3VoAA5Irg
ALEXANDER ZVEREV BEATS RICHARD GASQUET IN A THRILLER IN MONTREAL ATP TENNIS  |
Alexander #Zverev survives 49-shot rally down match point against #Gasquet to set #Kyrgios clash @CoupeRogers – Photo by @ATPWorldTour via Twitter.

 

 

By Ricky Dimon

 

Alexander Zverev extended his winning streak to six matches and improved to 13-2 in his last 15, but it wasn’t easy on Wednesday at the Rogers Cup.

 

That’s for sure. Zverev came within one point of losing and on that point 49 shots were exchanged between him and Richard Gasquet, but the 20-year-old German finished that rally with a forehand winner and eventually outlasted the Frenchman 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3) after two hours and 30 minutes.

 

The world No. 8′s reward is a Thursday third-round showdown against good friend and occasional doubles partner Nick Kyrgios, who has advanced with straight-set blowouts of Viktor Troicki and Paolo Lorenzi. Kyrgios and Zverev were also slated to face each other early last week in Washington, D.C., but the 24th-ranked Australian retired from his opener due to a hip injury.

 

Zverev eventually captured the D.C. title–the fifth of his budding career.

 

What a comeback! @Gael_Monfils saves 4 MP for a thrilling 67(4) 75 76(6) win over #Nishikori at #CoupeRogers. – Photo by @ATPWorldTour via Twitter.

Gael Monfils, the 2016 D.C. champion, was up to similar tricks on Wednesday in Montreal. In fact, the Frenchman staged one of the most improbable comebacks of the entire season when he shocked Kei Nishikori 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-6(6). Monfils recovered from the brink of defeat on multiple occasions and saved four match points before triumphing in two hours and 41 minutes.

 

Nishikori was up a set, 5-2 in the second, 5-3 in the third, and 6-2 in the third-set tiebreaker but never could quite cross the finish line.

 

“It’s a good victory for many reasons,” Monfils said. “It’s a big revenge, because last year around this time I had the same thing actually against Kei. I was up 6-2 in the tiebreak in the Olympics in the quarterfinals and I lost. So I know exactly what he feels. Actually last year, as well, I played him in Miami. I also had five match points and I lost it 7-6 in the third.

 

“I’m more than happy because I fought through the toughness–because it was tough for me. It was a bit like a rollercoaster. I was a break down in each set. I needed courage and a lot of luck. Matches like this depend on luck, also. I was able to play at a higher level at 5-2 (in the second set). The same thing happened in the third set. Now, for the last points, I needed to be brave and also have some luck; a lot of luck.”

 

Ricky contributes to 10sballs.com and also maintains his own tennis website, The Grandstand. You can follow him on twitter at @Dimonator.

 

Topics: , , , , , , , , ,





10sBalls Top Stories

In Case You Missed It

CINCINNATI TENNIS RESULTS • ORDER OF PLAY • SCORES AND PHOTOS OF ATP AND WTA PLAYERS thumbnail

CINCINNATI TENNIS RESULTS • ORDER OF PLAY • SCORES AND PHOTOS OF ATP AND WTA PLAYERS

Click here to keep up with the latest tennis results from the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
ROGER FEDERER CANCELS CINCY TENNIS • NEEDS TO REST HIS BACK • WITHDRAWS FROM WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN thumbnail

ROGER FEDERER CANCELS CINCY TENNIS • NEEDS TO REST HIS BACK • WITHDRAWS FROM WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN

Roger Federer, a seven-time champion at the Western & Southern Open, has withdrawn from the 2017 tournament. "I am very sorry to pull out of the Western & Southern Open as I always enjoy playing here," Federer said.
ROGER FEDERER, ALEXANDER ZVEREV HEAD TO CINCINNATI TENNIS • RAFA NADAL HEADLINES thumbnail

ROGER FEDERER, ALEXANDER ZVEREV HEAD TO CINCINNATI TENNIS • RAFA NADAL HEADLINES

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev are on a collision course for the Western & Southern Open semis after squaring off in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday afternoon.
ROGER FEDERER DOESN’T WIN THE ROGERS CUP IN MONTREAL TENNIS – ZVEREV CLAIMS SECOND MASTERS 1000 TITLE • HERBERT/MAHUT WIN DUBS thumbnail

ROGER FEDERER DOESN’T WIN THE ROGERS CUP IN MONTREAL TENNIS – ZVEREV CLAIMS SECOND MASTERS 1000 TITLE • HERBERT/MAHUT WIN DUBS

Alexander Zverev claimed his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy on Sunday, adding to his maiden title in Rome (d. Djokovic) earlier this year.
TENNIS RESULTS AND ORDER OF PLAY FOR CINCINNATI WTA AND ATP thumbnail

TENNIS RESULTS AND ORDER OF PLAY FOR CINCINNATI WTA AND ATP

ATP World Tour doubles players will take part in the "Doubles Showdown" at 3 p.m. on Court 4. This interactive exhibition of doubles will also include a special appearance by members of FC Cincinnati.