Australian Open: Zverev fails in second round

Status: 01/19/2023 10:08 a.m.

Alexander Zverev was knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open. The 25-year-old German tennis pro lost his match to American Michael Mmoh.

After the defeat, Zverev grabbed both of his bags from his shoulders, waved to the audience again, and then slipped away, very disappointed. Margaret Court Arena: The 25-year-old Olympic champion is with the australian open failed soon enough.

Zverev lost on his Return to Grand Slam in melbourne his duel in the second round against world number 107. USA’s Michael Mmoh with 7:6 (7:1), 4:6, 3:6, 2:6 and came away from his best form.

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In Zverev, before the duel with Mmoh, the big question was how his body and especially his operated ankle ended the hard-fought opening victory. In the first round, the former world number two managed a victory in five sets against the Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas. It was his first success since the serious injury suffered in the semi-finals of the French Open suffered against Rafael Nadal.

Zeverev lost control against Mmoh

At first, Zverev seemed up to the task against Mmoh. In the initial phase of the first set, the Hamburger dominated, with good first serves there was almost nothing for Mmoh to do. The American was impressed, but suddenly he got up and found his way back to the phrase. Zverev kept his cool and sat down in the decisive game safely.

But it was now a tricky game for the German number one, Mmoh was at least level and now playing with much more confidence. Zverev lost control of the rallies, ran after a break and no longer radiated naturalness in his actions.

The second set was over and the picture didn’t change in the next round either. The best German player was now back to the wall, but immediately conceded a break to make it 0-2, which he was able to counter. But Zverev’s means were no longer enough that day to prevent the sudden defeat.

Ruud fails early at Australian Open

Casper Ruud also surprisingly failed in the second round. The two-time Grand Slam finalist from Norway lost to American Jenson Brooksby 3:6, 5:7, 7:6 (7:4), 2:6 and must give up hope of winning the league’s first major title. ‘era. be.

Ruud reached the French Open and US Open finals last year. In Melbourne, he started in second place. Top seed Rafael Nadal has already said goodbye to the tournament.

Siegemund to Melbourne in the third round

Laura Siegemund, meanwhile, reached the third round. She beat Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu. Siegemund is in the third round of the tournament for the second time in his career Melbourne. The 34-year-old from Metzingen fought her way through the Romanian number 27 seed 5: 7, 7: 5, 6: 3. The last remaining German participant in the tournament now meets Caroline Garcia (France / No. 4).

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Siegemund had only been able to play her first-round match the day before after weather-related postponements and celebrated her first Grand Slam-level victory since reaching the quarter-finals at Paris 2020 with a victory in three sets against Lucia Bronzetti. In Melbourne, she had already reached the third round in 2016.

It was a competitive game against Begu from the start match. In the first round, Siegemund served to win the set 5:4, but had his serve taken away. But her fighting spirit was not broken, she won the third round, in which she quickly retired.

Curious scene – Collins rejoices too soon

Curious scene: Danielle Collins caused a misstep with an early victory celebration. The American dropped her racquet and raised her arms in celebration. After hard work, she had reached the third round – or so she thought – and headed to the net to receive congratulations from her opponent Karolina Muchova.

But she didn’t come. Collins, the 29-year-old American, was 7-3 in the decisive game of the third set too early. In the decision-making process, a so-called Decisive game played until 10 a.m.

Danielle Collins made a small faux pas at the Australian Open.

“I would have preferred to disappear into the ground”, the 12th seed said afterwards, his premature celebration embarrassing Collins. After all, she actually won in the end 6:7 (1:7), 6:2, 7:6 (10:6).

Toilet talk about Djokovic

Toilet talk around Novak Djokovic: The 21-time Grand Slam winner has denied reports that he went to the toilet in the first set of his first-round match on Tuesday without the permission of referee Aurelie Tourte. “I didn’t challenge her or the rules. She gave me permission and told me to be quick”wrote Djokovic instagram.

The referee just called him to tell him that the toilets were on the other side of the field. But he found one. The regulations provide for toilet breaks mainly between sets, but do not exclude this within the usual time frame when changing sides. Djokovic won the match against Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3, 6-4, 6-0.

Mies continues in doubles

Doubles player Andreas Mies has reached the second round in his first Grand Slam appearance with new partner John Peers. The twice French Open-The winner won alongside the Australian against the Indians Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3.

Last November, Mies announced the separation from his longtime successful partner Kevin Krawietz, with whom he won the Grand Slam title in Paris in 2019 and 2020. Krawietz also has a new doubles partner in Tim Pütz, but he is away in Melbourne as his child is about to be born. Pütz meanwhile feuded with Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, the pair losing in the first round.

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