Vesely Ousts Zverev In Wimbledon Opener
Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely upset sixth seed Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 on Monday at Wimbledon, handing the 11-time ATP Tour champion a first-round exit at SW19 for the first time.
The left-handed Vesely, who twice has reached the fourth round at SW19, won 80 per cent of his first-serve points and broke Zverev while the German was serving to stay in the match.
“It's a huge win for me actually on Court 1, where I haven't lost yet. It's a nice stat. I hope this win will get me going, and to get some more results,” Vesely said.
The 25-year-old reached a career-high ATP Ranking of No. 35 in April 2015 but entered Wimbledon at No. 124. He reached the fourth round in 2016 (l. to Berdych) and 2018 (l. to Nadal).
Zverev, who made the fourth round at Wimbledon two years ago, hit 24 aces but couldn't break through against Vesely, winning only one of his seven break points.
“I'm not very high on confidence right now. When I get to the important moments, I had, what, five, six break points in the fourth set alone? Can't take any of those. I had a 0/40, a 15/40. I'm down one break point myself and he takes it immediately, where I miss an easy volley,” Zverev said, describing match point in the fourth set. “I didn't lose this match on tennis. It's just my confidence is below zero right now.”
It's Vesely's third Top 10 win (3-16) of his 11-year career, and he'll next meet Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who beat Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 4-6, 7-6(8), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Tenth seed Karen Khachanov beat World No. 126 Soonwoo Kwon, a South Korean qualifier, 7-6(6), 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, with the majority of points under five strokes. Khachanov, who is competing at Wimbledon at a career-high No. 9 in the ATP Rankings, reached his first Grand Slam championship quarter-final last month at Roland Garros (l. to Thiem) to turn around a slow start to the year.
He will now face Feliciano Lopez, a three-time former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, who didn’t face a break point in beating American Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 over one hour and 34 minutes. The veteran Spaniard, which picked up his second Fever-Tree Championships crown two weeks ago, won 42 of his 44 first-service points.
France's Benoit Paire, a two-time ATP Tour titlist in 2019, won the 200th match win of his career against Argentina's Juan Ignacio Londero 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4) and will next meet Serbia's #NextGenATP star Miomir Kecmanovic, who beat Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. Kecmanovic, who 38 winners to only 17 unforced errors, fell in the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya final on Saturday to Italy's Lorenzo Sonego.
Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, the 23rd seed, dismissed Germany's Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 and will face Steve Darcis of Belgium in the second round. Darcis eased past German Mischa Zverev 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.