Zverev Moves On In Hard Fought Battle

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells

[CR26] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs. [CR58] Alexander Zverev (GER)

Dimitrov knows all too well how talented Zverev is, in their one previous encounter he was pushed to three sets after losing the first set easily to the teenager.  He did the same again today.  After going down an early break in the third it looked like it would indeed be a repeat of their first encounter in 2014, but Zverev elevated his game and broke back to even the match at 3-3 in the third.  He was determined not to lose this match the same way.  Dimitrov not too confident at the moment felt the pressure.  Serving from behind is never easy; however, serving from behind when you’ve lost your break advantage and your opponent is hitting winners off your second serves, causes a lot of inner tension.

Would Dimitrov be mentally strong enough to push aside his frustration and focus on the immediate task of holding serve to force a tiebreak?  This is when confidence matters most, when it’s imperative that you hold your serve to give yourself a chance at potentially winning the match.  It was very telling that Dimitrov could not hold his serve and his last groundstroke went into the net.  Our spotlight player, Zverev, continues to show why he will be a force on Tour in the not too distant future.  His ability to shrug off his own disappointment at dropping the first game of the third set tells a lot about his mental strength.  He is hungry and he believes in his game.  He won 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 and avenged his 2014 loss to Dimitrov and advanced to the third round.

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