Fourth seed Alexander Zverev beat another lucky loser at the U.S. Open on Thurs, overcoming Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-4 6-2 to reach the third rounded as he bids for their first Grand Slam name.
The 21-year-old German won all of his five break points and thumped 10 aces and 16 winners to dispatch her French opponent in one hours and 49 minutes.
Zverev instructed reporters he was pleased with his performance, having never ever reached the third round with Flushing Meadows.
“This was generally the Grand Slam exactly where I didn’t play my best ever,” Zverev said. “Game-wise, I never was feeling comfortable here. Finally I do.”
He added that he was attempting to minimise distractions to help her focus more on the suits ahead.
“I don’t venture out at all… I spend the smallest amount of possible time here on location because that takes energy at a distance,” Zverev said. “(I)may be savoring New York a little less, but giving me, you know, the standing to play better.”
The up-and-coming Zverev has had a comparatively easy road at Filtering Meadows after beating another lucky loser, Peter Polansky, around straight sets in the first round.
He will expect his good fortune to remain when he meets unseeded countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber in the next round on Saturday, having won their last two meetings.