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Alexander Zverev ‘extremely happy’ to beat Kevin Anderson and reveals his new secret weapon

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Alexander Zverev was ‘extremely happy’ to have got through his tough US Open first round match against Kevin Anderson.

The German came into the tournament on the back of a disappointing loss to Andy Murray at the Western and Southern Open when he double-faulted himself out of the match whilst serving for it.

Anderson, a former US Open and Wimbledon finalist but who is not seeded due to a rough recent time with injuries, was always going to a be difficult first test for someone.

That test was given to Zverev, and he came through it 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.

“I am actually quite happy with a first round like that,” Alexander Zverev said after the match.

“Kevin is not someone you usually play in a first round. This is a fourth round, quarter-final, semi-final match normally against him. I am extremely happy to be through.”

Zverev was particularly impressive at the net, and he says that’s something he has been working on.

”[My volley] is something that I worked on in these six months,” said Zverev.

“It was my serve, my volleys that I worked on. In the [Western & Southern Open] match, I thought I did those two things well until the really important moments and I wanted to do it differently to finish off the match today.”


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