If Stockholm Open, Sweden
[CR83] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [CR617] Mikael Ymer (SWE)
Zverev won the battle of teens but it was a lot more complicated than expected. There was not much separating these two teenagers the entire match, a testament that the ranking often belies the talent of the player. I have been keeping an eye on this younger brother of Elias Ymer after I saw him play once. He definitely has potential. It has benefited both teenagers to have their older brother on the Tour with them, giving them valuable information as well as a familial companion. Ymer was quite composed for his age and showed a lot of court savvy for one so young; he gave our spotlight player fits the entire match. However, I was counting on Zverev to win this one as he was the more experienced player and he had the added incentive of not wanting to lose to another teenager.
This is better start for Zverev who has had a period of inconsistent play resulting in some rather unfortunate first round losses in the main draw. Thus, despite the battle, this will boost his confidence to have a check in the win column. The inconsistency starts with his serve and flows into the rest of his game as he gets frustrated. Too many double faults in the second set caused him problems and against a more experienced player it could have cost him the match. He’s still maturing and will understand the importance of playing the score. He did just that in the third set, no double faults and the result, he faced no break points and held on to the lead because he was feeling more confident as his serve became a reliable weapon. This translated into a better all-around set for Zverev and the defeat of Ymer 7-6(9), 6-7(5), 6-4. For his reward, he gets the number one seed next, Tomas Berdych.
Can Zverev pull off the upset?