Zverev Toughs It Out Against Delbonis

Hamburg European Open, Germany

[5] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [67] Federico Delbonis (ARG)

There is no question that Zverev has been struggling to find his confidence lately; he admitted as much. Yet, there is also no question in my mind that he will regain his confidence. The same way losing breeds losing and erodes the confidence; winning breeds winning and rebuilds the confidence.

Zverev’s Forehand Working

Zverev played one of his best matches in a long time today. It was not that he did not struggle, it was his willingness to fight through the tough times, something he has not been able to do recently. He started off the match poorly, going down three break points in his first service game; however, he fought his way through that bad patch, held his serve and then immediately broke his opponent to take the early lead. He did not surrender that lead despite the numerous threats he faced from Delbonis. Surprisingly, it was Zverev’s dependable backhand that was letting him down.

Thomas F. Starke/Getty Images Europe: Alexander Zverev

Zverev Fight’s Back

His struggles are real, and the doubts overcame him early in the second set, giving the Argentinian an early break lead (2-0). Zverev, perhaps recalling his recent victory over the Argentine, used that knowledge to recharge his battery. Rattled a bit and frustrated at losing his serve, Zverev redoubled his efforts in the fifth game to break back and get back on serve. While all the confidence should have been on Delbonis’ side, it was Zverev’s belief that he could turn the match around that allowed him to get the hard-fought 6-4, 7-6(2) victory.

Getty Images/Europe: Federico Delbonis

Delbonis has not won a title on the ATP Tour since 2016, and that may be the reason his confidence faded after he took the 3-1 lead in the second set. Although he stumbled a bit while serving for the match, Zverev regained his footing and totally dominated the tiebreaker to get the straight sets victory.

SOURCE OF IMAGES: Zimbio.com (main image-Getty Images/Europe: Alexander Zverev)

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