[CR26] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs. [CR119] Alexander Zverev (GER)
It was not meant to be today for Zverev. He got off to a slow start and although he competed much better in the second set, he could not derail Kohlschreiber’s plans. It was a straight sets loss for Zverev, 2-6, 4-6. It was not all bad news for Zverev as he is still playing doubles with his older brother. Unfortunately, their next opponents are the number two seeded duo of Jamie Murray (GBR) and John Peers (AUS), which will be quite a challenge for the brothers.
Although he would much rather be advancing in the singles draw, Zverev will take advantage of this doubles experience to gain valuable match practice. Zverev is not sprinting up the ranks like some of his peers; yet he is steadily progressing forward and time on court even if it is playing doubles will inevitably benefit his singles game by increasing his comfort level in match situations. There is no substitute for match play and even if he may be frustrated by the pace of his progress, he should not be discouraged. Slow and steady can be a positive if ultimately it makes him a more well-rounded player when he finally gets to the top.