Zverev Fights Through; Berrettini Stays Hot In Halle
Two-time Halle finalist Alexander Zverev notched his 25th victory of the season on Thursday to reach the NOVENTI OPEN quarter-finals in Halle.
Zverev, the second seed at the ATP 500 event, beat American Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-5 to make his fifth quarter-final of the season and will next face Belgian David Goffin.
“I am definitely happy with how things went,” said Zverev, who withdrew from doubles in Halle on Tuesday. “Obviously my knee is still very swollen but the pain is much much less than it was a few days ago. I hope when the swelling goes out it will be much better.”
Goffin, the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up, is looking to turn around his 2019 this week at the grass-court event in Germany. Goffin dropped to No. 33 in the ATP Rankings on 10 June, his lowest spot since he was No. 45 on 15 September 2014.
Zverev earned three breaks against Johnson, a two-time grass-court titlist, including last year in Newport. The German hit 27 winners and won 11 of his 14 net points. Zverev leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Goffin 2-0, but both matches took place on clay.
Italian Matteo Berrettini set a big-hitting quarter-final against Karen Khachanov of Russia by winning his seventh consecutive match. Berrettini fought past countryman Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, winning 83 per cent of his first-serve points and hitting 12 aces.
Berrettini didn't drop his serve last week en route to his second ATP Tour title at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. In the second round, Berrettini improved to 2-0 against Khachanov in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.