Zverev edges Struff to reach quarters
Third seed Alexander Zverev came through a three-set tussle with fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff yesterday to set up a possible Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal with his brother Mischa.
The 20-year-old, who won two Masters titles last season, became frustrated in the second set but came through 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and will play either his older brother Mischa or Richard Gasquet next.
“Hopefully my brother will win and it will be an amazing day tomorrow,” said the younger Zverev.
The world No. 4 claimed the opening set thanks to a break in Game 7, before a bizarre second set in which both players struggled on serve.
Zverev became increasingly frustrated as he constantly gave away leads, complaining that advertising cushions on the side of the court were dangerous.
Struff claimed the set to level the match with the seventh break of serve in only eight games, as Zverev hurled his racquet to the ground in frustration. He refound his range in the decider, though, racing into a 5-2 lead with a double break.
Zverev was broken to love when serving for a place in the last eight and then missed a match point in Struff’s following service game, but finally got over the line as his opponent fired wide.
Belgian sixth seed David Goffin held off a late fightback from 11th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the last eight with a 6-4, 7-5 win, in a match that saw the Spaniard accidentally hit a ballboy with the ball for which he received a code violation.
Goffin booked a quarterfinal against either Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov or Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.