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Zverev reaches the quarter-finals at Indian Wells

Zverev reaches the quarter-finals at Indian Wells

Alexander Zverev – In the quarter-finals at Indian Wells: Alexander Zverev. – © Photo: Mark J. Terrill/AP/dpa

61 minutes was enough for Alexander Zverev, then the best German tennis player reached the quarter-finals for the first time at the Masters in Indian Wells.

In the 6:1, 6:3 minute against French veteran Gael Monfils, the Olympic champion had to fight a bit more on Wednesday (local time) in the second set, but cemented his claim to the next title in one of the most powerfully performing tournaments beside the Slams. grand.

“I felt really good on the court today,” Zverev said. “Because I had never beaten Gayle before, I knew I had to play my best tennis.” And the 24-year-old hamburger felt he was behaving close to optimal. “I wasn’t far from it, even if I missed a few air balls,” said the top seed in Germany. “But apart from that, I felt good.” “I’m happy to be here at Indian Wells for the first time in the quarter-finals.”

First win against
Gael Moonves

After winning the first round, Zverev faced greater resistance than the 35-year-old Monfils in the second set. With the break to 5:3, the world number four secured a decisive advantage and finished the match after just 1:01 hour. It was Monfils’ first win after three previous defeats.

The next contender on Friday (local time) is American Taylor Fritz, who he last defeated at Wimbledon in the summer. The American boy was somewhat upset against Italian Jannik Sinner. “Taylor has played incredibly in the last couple of days,” Zverev said of his next opponent. “But I hope I can build on my performance against him today.”

Medvedev suddenly failed

Following the departure of US Open winner Daniil Medvedev from Russia, Zverev became one of the favorites to win the title at the $8.3 million event in the California desert. Top seed Medvedev lost 6:4, 4:6, 3:6 against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. World number one Novak Djokovic is not in Indian Wells, as are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Next in the tournament is Stefanos Tsitsipas, the French Open finalist. The second Greek defeated Australian Alex de Minaur 6:7 (3:7), 7:6 (7:3), 6:2. Tsitsipas and Zverev could meet in the semifinals.

In the women’s competition, Angelique Kerber will play the quarterfinals on Friday night. Then the 33-year-old from Kiel, Spain, meets Paula Padusa.

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