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Alexander Zverev Cincinnati Open 2021

Alexander Zverev records rout with near-perfect serving display

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Alexander Zverev barely had to break a sweat in overcoming his opponent to reach the third round of the New York Slam.

The world number four crushed top-100 stalwart Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in a mere 74 minutes on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Zverev has started well in his campaign to repeat, and better, his final appearance at the 2020 US Open.

So far the German has not dropped a set in two matches and has been on-court for less than three hours.

“It’s great that I’m through in three sets,” Zverev said after defeating Ramos-Vinolas. “It’s great that I won in under an hour and a half.

“I will need that energy, I will need the power that I have for further matches and, you know, Albert (Ramos-Vinolas) is somebody who has beaten people like Federer, he has beaten top-10 players.

“So, I knew that it was gonna be a difficult match. But, I’m happy that I only lost four games today.”

Up 2-1 in the opening set, Zverev won 13 games in a row from that point to set up a score of 6-1, 6-0, 3-0 before the Spaniard claimed another game.

The serve was a point of real strength for the 24-year-old, hitting 81% of first serves in and winning 39 of 42 points (93%) on his first serve.

Zverev did not face a single break point in the whole match, losing just nine points on serve overall, an average of just three per set.

His next opponent will either be home talent and resurgent pro Jack Sock or Kazakh maverick and showman Alexander Bublik.

Zverev actually has a losing record against both men, with the caveat that he last played Sock when he was just 20-years-old and has only played Bublik once on the tour, losing that match.

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