Alexander Zverev (#12) has an achievable task ahead of him at the start of the Australian Open in Melbourne. The German gets it with the Peruvian qualifier Juan Pablo Varillas (ATP #104) to do.
Not before 4:30 a.m. German time hits the German number one at the Australian Open. From a German point of view, Tuesday too Jan LennardStruff, Tatiana Maria and Laura Siegemund in action.
For Zverev, this is the first Grand Slam appearance since his serious ankle injury at the 2022 French Open.
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Juan Pablo Varillas – Alexander Zverev
Australian Open 2023 live in the ticker: Alexander Zverev vs. Juan Pablo Varillas
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8:18 a.m. – Zverev – Varillas 4:6, 6:1, 5:7, 2:3
The Peruvian is fully in the game, he wins his service to zero. But Zverev is also improving in rallying. The German also wins his service game with ease. But with the service of Varilla, Zverev no longer enters the exchanges at all. Also in terms of body language, the true underdog has been making the best impression for some time.
08:07 – Zverev – Varillas 4:6, 6:1, 5:7, 1:1
Varillas picks up where the end of the third set left off. The Peruvian, who visibly gained confidence in the final minutes, easily picked up his serve. Zverev is under pressure. And the German’s service game is tightening again. An error from Varillas at least gets him the ball, which Zverev converts with a solid first serve. Take a deep breath with the German!
7:57am – Zverev – Varillas 4:6, 6:1, 5:7
In Zverev, the worm is now in service. Two consecutive double faults put Varillas back on track. A backhand error then delivered the first set ball to the Peruvian. With a forehand winner, Varillas actually gets the break and therefore the new set in the lead.
7:51 am – Zverev – Varillas 4: 6, 6: 1, 5: 6
But for the Peruvian, it becomes tight again. He has to review the debut and a bit later Zverev even has another breakball. However, the German puts a backhand in the net without any pressure. This will annoy Zverev. Because soon after Varillas secured the game at 6:5. So, is it ok in the tie-break or does the Peruvian win the set?
7:44 a.m. – Zverev – Varillas 4:6, 6:1, 5:5
Varillas has now found his way back into the game, also thanks to Zverev slacking off a bit. With his own service, the Peruvian serves again particularly well. He wins the game 5:4, so Zverev is under pressure again. A break would now mean losing another set. The German has the service game under control. With a good first serve, he equalizes at 5:5.
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7:35 a.m. – Zverev – Varillas 4:6, 6:1, 4:4
Zverev struggles with his game when serving. The first serve is not as consistent as before. Varillas increases the pressure and gets two break points. The German plays a backhand on the side and must accept the rebreak. After the course so far, extremely embarrassing for the favorite.
7:30 a.m. – Zverev – Varillas 4:6, 6:1, 4:3
However, the Peruvian will not be defeated. He first dominated his own service game. Zverev’s attack attempts have an effect. This is again his debut. At net, however, Varillas can secure the ball. Since Zverev twists a backhand without pressure, the underdog again shortens to 3: 4.
7:25 a.m. – Zverev – Varillas 4:6, 6:1, 4:2
But Varillas isn’t perfect either. With his own serve, Zverev wins three more break points with excellent tennis. Of course, the German cannot miss this. A winning forehand puts the favorite back in front. But Varillas is staying tuned. He also comes to the net to interrupt the rhythm of the game. But Zverev is not impressed by this. He wins his serve at 4:2.
7:17am – Zverev – Varillas 4:6, 6:1, 2:2
At 7 a.m. German time, the games on the outdoor courts continued. Weather conditions and temperatures have now improved significantly. Jan-Lennard Struff is expected to start against Tommy Paul soon. Return to Margaret Court: Zverev serves hard again, but he makes a few mistakes in the rallies. Varillas gets a break chance and uses it. The Peruvian played more aggressively and earned the 2-2 equaliser.
7:12 a.m. – Zverev – Varillas 4:6, 6:1, 2:1
And Zverev continues to extend his lead, but not with his own zero serve. A winning forehand gives the favorite 2-0. Now Varillas is under pressure again to make sure things don’t go the way they did in the second set. The Peruvian shows no weakness and closes the gap to 1-2 with impeccable service.
7:05 am – Zverev – Varillas 4: 6, 6: 1, 1: 0
Varillas opens the third round. Zverev now seems to have arrived in the game. The German also has two new break points very quickly. The Peruvian can still fend off the first, but Zverev becomes number two with an excellent forehand. It’s a great start to the set.
06h59 – Zverev – Varillas 4: 6, 6: 1
The second set couldn’t have gone more differently than the first round. Zverev moved to 5:0 with lightning speed. The German uses his chances consistently. And your own serve also becomes stronger. After all, Varillas cut short with his first game won in the second set. Zverev now gets new balls, a benefit for the server. The German then converted the ball from the first set 6-1.
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6:50 – Zverev – Varillas 4: 6, 4: 0
Now Zverev is getting serious: the favorite is serving extremely well. Again, he earns his serve at zero. Varillas does not participate in rallies at all. The Peruvian is under a lot of pressure on his own serve. So he quickly has the next breakball against him – but Zverev can’t take advantage of a time violation from the Peruvian: Varillas was cautioned again and had to go past the second serve. But the next break for Zverev is here.
06h38 – Zverev – Varillas 4:6, 2:0
It certainly turned out differently than Zverev had imagined. The German is chasing a steep deficit against world number 104. However, Zverev can win his first service game in the second round with zero. And the favorite continues to put pressure. Varillas was quickly 0:40 down on his own serve, three break chances for Zverev. The German lets the first two pass. But that’s number three: Zverev converts a forehand at 2-0.
06h29 – Zverev – Varillas 4: 6
The outsider therefore serves to win the set. But Zverev hit back with strong returns. And Varillas isn’t perfect either. With a nice long backhand line, Zverev has the chance to break. However, he twists his forehand. Like Zverev, Varillas cannot use a first-set point for another break point. But Varillas converts his second set point – with a save!
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06h19 – Zverev – Varillas 4:5
Varillas isn’t too impressed with the missed chances. The Peruvian continues to serve well, an error by Zverev gives him the 4: 4. So it’s the German’s turn again. His service games were actually the tightest recently. And now Zverev is under pressure again. The favorite makes too many mistakes, so Varillas gets two more break chances. The number one firmly defends Zverev with an ace. And then there it is: the Peruvian gets the break. Zverev stops on the net.
06h10 – Zverev – Varillas 4:3
Then Zverev’s service game also gets a bit tighter. The German must fight a lot. Varillas increases the pressure and forces Zverev to foul. This gives the Peruvian his first break chance. But Varillas puts them online. Zverev becomes more aggressive, Varillas holds firm. Two game balls remain unused. The second service also poses some problems. But Zverev can fend off another breakball. In the end, the German then gets the match. It was quite a fight!
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5h57 – Zverev – Varillas 3: 3
Zverev regularly uses his powerful backhand. This means that the German can score important points. Zverev wins his service game with zero. But Varillas continues to provide few points of attack. In the first longer rally, the Peruvian emerges victorious. With a superb backhand, Zverev gets the first break chance. However, Varillas parries them with an ace. The German doesn’t use the number two either. A ball save finally secures his serve for Varillas.
05:46 – Zverev – Varillas 2: 1
The Peruvian also serves safely, so Zverev hardly had a chance to come back aggressively. That’s why Varillas equalize at 1:1. Now Zverev can get past again. The German serves better and better, especially the first serve is really good. However, neither player came close to a break chance.
5:38 – Zverev – Varillas 1:0
Zverev opens the match with his own serve. The German slowly enters the game, with an ace he completes the service. It’s a good start for the big favorite against the ATP number. 104
5h34 – Zverev – Varillas -:-
The decisive phase is slowly approaching at the Margaret Court Arena. Zverev and Varillas are on the pitch and are already hitting each other. So it starts in a few minutes.
5h20 – Zverev – Varillas -:-
Waiting for the start of the match against Zverev, a recent update from the Rod Laver Arena: there, Andy Murray leads in his opener against Italian number 13 seed Matteo Berrettini 6:3, 3:2. The three-time Grand Slam winner is also set to break in the second set.
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There were also some results in the German evening: Dominic Thiem was eliminated in the first round by Russian Andrey Rublev. The Austrian, who started with a joker, lost 3:6, 2:6, 4:6. Additionally, Grigor Dimitrov (#27) qualified for the next round. In the women’s category, Garbiñe Muguruza, two-time Grand Slam winner, was eliminated in the first round. The Spaniard lost to Elise Mertens (Belgium/N°26) 6:3, 6:7 (3:7), 1:6.
However, many matches on the outdoor courts have been postponed due to the extreme heat in Melbourne. The break in the game also affected the start of matches between Jan-Lennard Struff, Tatjana Maria and Laura Siegemund on Tuesday. Zverev’s match against Varillas, on the other hand, will go ahead as planned in the indoor arena of Margaret Court.
INFO – Hello and welcome!
Hello and welcome to day two of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Katharina Wiedenmann accompanies Alexander Zverev’s first-round match at “Happy Slam” here in the live ticker. From around 5.30 a.m. German time, the German number one is expected to enter the pitch.
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