Zverev’s Top Sixty Conquests

Players ranked sixty and above who have been defeated by [CR123] Alexander Zverev (GER) in ATP World Tour tournaments.  Zverev is currently playing in the SkiStar Swedish Open, Bastad. He’s into the quarterfinals for the second time in his career.

YEAR PLAYER RANK SCORE TOURNAMENT
2015 Juan Monaco 27 6-4, 6-2 SKISTAR SWEDISH OPEN
Teymuraz Gabashvili 53 63, 16, 63, 36, 97 WIMBLEDON
Thomaz Bellucci 41 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-4 AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM
Mikhail Kukushkin 58 6-0, 6-2 AON
Benjamin Becker 43 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 BMW OPEN
2014 Robin Hasse 51 6-0, 6-2 GERMAN OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mikhail Youzhny 19 7-5, 7-5 GOT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Santiago Giraldo 32 6-4, 7-6(6) GOT CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Zverev will face a familiar opponent in the quarterfinals, Thomaz Bellucci. Zverev won their previous encounter in three sets on grass. This will be their first meeting on clay. Will it be the same outcome for the teenager? Unfortunately for Zverev, Bellucci’s favorite surface is clay. He has demonstrated that as his four singles titles and his only doubles title have all come on clay. I expect this will be a battle; however, I still believe that Zverev can defeat Bellucci, even on his favorite surface. Zverev will have to avoid a long match as I am still not quite convinced that he is ready for the physical demands of a long drawn out clay court battle. Even if he won the extended battle, he could still lose the war because he may be too exhausted in the next round to be effective. I know he has been working to improve his endurance and has made amazing progress; however, he is not quite there yet. When the body fatigues, the mind quickly follows and that’s when he is bound to rush his shots and inevitably lose the points.

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