Mature Zverev downs Dimitrov
Originally published on 14/03/16 00:00
The German, who is the youngest player in the Top 100, reached the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with a mature win against No.23 Grigor Dimitrov.
Dimitrov, 24, has long been hailed as one of the next generation of men’s tennis stars, but he is in danger of being overtaken by an even younger group of players.
The Bulgarian came back from a set down to lead 3-1 in the final set, but Zverev held his nerve to seal a 6-4 3-6 7-5 victory in two hours and 20 minutes.
“I tried to stay as calm as I could,” said Zverev, who will meet No.16 Gilles Simon next. “Grigor played well for an hour or so, from the middle of the second set until the middle of the third. He didn't give me many chances, but I knew I would get my opportunities. And I used them well.
“Playing on a daily basis with those kind of guys, with the big guys, you have to be really, really strong. That's probably one of the biggest parts for us young players.”