Zverev Fights Through Dellien’s Resistance


Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open, Switzerland

Men’s Quarterfinal: [5] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [92] Hugo Dellien (BOL)

There were eleven break point opportunities in total in the first set. Dellien got the first break to rattle his opponent; however, Zverev is still a fighter despite his recent results. While the German may be low on confidence and questioning his desire to play tennis, he still wants to win. This was their first meeting and being the higher ranked player, Zverev wanted to demonstrate his superior skills; however, the Bolivian’s favorite surface is clay and he had something to prove as well. Yet, Zverev won the first skirmish to secure the first set.


Dellien came roaring back in the second set; he secured the early break and never relinquished his lead. Although he faced one break point against his serve, the Bolivian protected his second serve much better than his opponent. Despite winning the first set, the lack of confidence is still present and Zverev surrendered his serve early in the second set and never recovered; yet, he was not discouraged and he was willing to fight through Dellien’s resistance for the victory. The momentum shifted to Dellien’s side of the court, would he be able to step up and take the opportunity to get a huge upset?


Dellien had opportunities to take control of the set and the match, but perhaps like his opponent the belief was not quite there. As usually happens, the lingering frustration of squandering break point opportunities caused Dellien to lose his focus, which caused him to lose his serve and then his resistance melted. Zverev would not be denied the victory and he won 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Next up for him is Federico Delbonis. What will the German have left in the tank?

SOURCE OF IMAGES: Zimbio.com (Getty Images Europe: Alexander Zverev)

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