A day of tennis Belgrade has seen some normality return to the tennis world.
A crowd to watch these incredible athletes, Djokovic bringing out the drop shot, Dimitrov digging deep for the win and unfortunately for Sascha Zverev, double faults crept in!
Sascha was up against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic who has made some great improvements and was really impressive!
Filip was striking the ball incredibly well early but to get the break of serve didn’t have to do too much to secure it as the German hit three double faults in his first four points.
The set continued to get away from the German who slipped down a double break and became the first player to be bageled in the event.
The run of game continued to Filip who extended his lead to 2-0 and serving for a 3-0 lead this time Zverev found his groove.
Sascha dropped back a little and kept the ball in play for longer breaking back Filip to be back on serve. At 2-2 the German suddenly found some leeway on his return game and saw two big break points but failed to capitalise as a tie-break followed.
Sascha Ziere immediately put himself at a disadvantage trailing 2-4 after another double fault but somehow crawled back and a backhand long from Krajinovic sealed an unlikely second set forcing the match to a third set!
After a few exchanges of service games it was Zverev who took the initiative and saw two big break points. The first was saved but the second wasn’t and at 3-1 Zverev would serve for the match.
A Coldplay lyric once said ‘nobody said it was easy’ and that proved to be it as the former London champion conceded his serve once again.
However a match point and game point followed at deuce on the Serb’s serve.
A weak forehand from Zverev sen the set to a deciding tie-break!
Zverev’s backhand led him to an early 3-0 lead with some lovely guided tennis up the line and leading 4-0.
Sascha Zverev just wouldn’t miss! Suddenly he became like a brick wall in defence and hit a stunning forehand passing shot to lead 5-0.
It wan unassailable then for Filip who played well but that dip in the second set cost him as Zverev fought back from 0-4 0-2 down!
image credit – Eurosport