Zverev Continues Charge For Title No. 10
Alexander Zverev earned his ATP World Tour-leading 51st match win of the season on Thursday, defeating Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors Basel.
The No. 2 seed is pursuing his fourth title of the season and his 10th on the ATP World Tour. Zverev is also trying to gain momentum ahead of the Nitto ATP Finals, held at The O2 from 11-18 November. The German has already qualified for the season finale, where he will be competing for the second consecutive year.
Zverev was tested by #NextGenATP Popyrin, who did not own an ATP World Tour win before this event. But 21-year-old Zverev was too strong on his serve, losing just two first-serve points en route to a 71-minute victory. The German will next face No. 8 seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-3 to reach the last eight.
In other action, #NextGenATP Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas’ breakout season just keeps getting better. The 20-year-old, who last week became the first Greek to lift an ATP World Tour Trophy, advanced to his 10th tour-level quarter-final of the year on Thursday thanks to a 6-3, 6-1 victory against German Peter Gojowczyk in Basel.
"I'm really, really happy to be playing the quarter-finals here in Basel," Tsitsipas said. "Hopefully I can do better than that. Until now, I've been feeling pretty well and I enjoy playing this tournament."
The World No. 16, who was 95th in the ATP Rankings at this point last year, now has 41 match wins this season. Tsitsipas began 2018 with just four tour-level match wins to his name, with each of those four coming last October. He struck 10 aces and saved the two break points he faced to oust Gojowczyk in just 61 minutes.
Tsitsipas will next meet another player on the ascent in Daniil Medvedev, who dismissed Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 7-6(5), 6-2. The Russian won his first three ATP World Tour titles this season (Sydney, Winston-Salem, Tokyo), and he cracked the Top 20 for the first time this week.
Medvedev has won both of the pair’s previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, which came earlier this year. The Russian defeated his Greek counterpart on the hard courts in Miami and at the US Open.