In his fifth attempt to lift the Australian Open men’s singles title in Melbourne Park, the British number one Andy Murray made it through to the tournament’s second round after beating Alexander Zverev.
The Brit’s victory allowed the four times finalist to cruise into the second round of the Australian open after winning in straight sets over the up-and-coming German teenager. Second-seeded Andy Murray’s victory came after winning his first round in three sets 6 – 1, 6 – 2, 6 – 3, which is in through to the second round where he will face off against Sam Groth the Australian had made a name for himself with his big-serve.
In a post-match interview, Murray commented that he found it really tough towards the end, since the match mostly consisted of rallies and long games. He praised Zverev saying that Alex fought hard, which made it highly competitive. He also said that Alex is young, and one of the best younger players in the tennis world and that he would be around for an extended amount of time. And he further commented that the conditions was hot, particularly so after the clouds cleared up, and he was glad to get the job done in as little as three sets.
Murray led the day, delivering a harsh lesson to the 83rd ranked Zverev, last year’s winner of the ATP Star of Tomorrow Award appeared green when faced with the demands in top-level tennis.
Andy Murray assumed the role of main protagonist and dominant force in this match by inducing Zverev into a fiery baptism that forced the German teen to endure a progression of awkward instances. The first occurred during the second game when Alexander had to take a six minute break to stem the blood flow while recovering from a nose bleed.
Understandably, this mishap seemed to fluster the young German who then proceeded to hand over two points in unforced errors after firing off two double faults on his serve. Murray welcomed the gifted break, which gave him an early lead; he then consolidated his lead with a thundering ace that smashed straight through the defences of the besieged Zverev.