ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Netherlands
[CR41] Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs. [CR70] Alexander Zverev (GER)
This match featured a rising teenage star and had a positive result for the teenager. Zverev stunned Pospisil 7-5, 6-2. His excellent performance last week in Montpellier is paying dividends this week and it showed as he patiently constructed his points. Pospisil seem rattled and rushed his shots quite frequently, which resulted in too many errors. There was no evidence that he was feeling confident in his game to fight his way back into the match despite the close first set. Zverev served better and only offered Pospisil one break opportunity, which he was unable to convert. There was no let down from Zverev from last week; however, he will be tested in the next round when he plays Gilles Simon. Zverev will have to be prepared for the wide variety of shots in Simon’s arsenal; yet, I think he can beat Simon if he remains calm and keep his unforced errors to a minimum.
CR18] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. [CR38] Borna Coric (CRO)
This was the second match that featured a rising teenage star. For their first meeting, Coric acquitted himself very well against a player who can be extremely tricky to handle when he is fully engaged in the match. It was all but over in the second set; yet, Coric fought his way back from two breaks down to steal the second set. Monfils, not quite as sharp as he was in the first set, made some casual errors that cost him that set. The third set was a tussle and Coric fought desperately to stay with Monfils; however, Monfils had grown tired of the unnecessary delay and brought out all his weapons in the third. Monfils shoved away the disappointment of losing the second set and regained his focus in the third to win 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. Despite the loss, Coric’s never quit attitude will serve him well as he continues to mature on Tour.