Alexander Zverev Monte Carlo Masters 2021

‘When I get hot, we’ll see what happens’ Zverev vanquishes Nishikori

Alexander Zverev has breezed through to the third round of the Madrid Master by defeating Kei Nishikori in straight sets. 

2018 Madrid Open champion Alexander Zverev overcame the Japanese 6-3, 6-2 in just 74 minutes to get his 2021 Madrid Open campaign underway.

“Obviously Kei [Nishikori] is somebody that has done well here, made finals and he’s beaten me on clay before, so I knew I had to come out and play my best tennis.

“I’m definitely very happy with this performance and we’ll see how this tournament goes for me.”

Zverev had not fared too well on the clay this season prior to Madrid, losing in the last 16 of Monte Carlo before exiting in the quarter-finals of the Munich Open, a n event where he was the no. 1 seed.

“Since Munich I’ve practised my serve a little bit, which I haven’t done in the past month so I think that helped me a lot and I think the outfit also is helpful for the serve.”

Zverev dominated on attack with 24 winners to Nishikori’s 10, on top of winning 73% and 60% of points behind his first and second serve respectively. On return the German took advantage too, securing 63% of points facing Nishikori’s second serve.



“But yeah, all in all it was a good match from my side and I hopefully I can continue playing the same way or even better.”

“This (Madrid) and Rome are my two favourite clay court events where I feel the most comfortable and, yeah, as you said, when I get hot, we’ll see what happens.”

Alexander Zverev will next face either Dan Evans or John Millman in the third round of the Madrid Masters

(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)