Germany’s Alexandre Zverev fell in the Wimbledon round against Dutch qualifier Tallon Greikspor in consecutive sets on Tuesday, leaving enough time to watch his country take on England in the last 16 of Euro 2020.
The fourth seed is heavily served and was clinical in the power of Griekspoor 6-3 6-4 6-1 in less than 90 minutes to advance to the second round.
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“You have about 10 minutes with me and then I have to leave,” the 24-year-old told reporters before laughing.
“I mean, me and all the German boys, we have already stated that we will see them all in my room, because I have something like a small apartment where everyone can fit, so at 5:00 (local time) the match starts, we have to I’m at the hotel because everyone is waiting for me to be at home. “
Memories of England’s 1996 semi-final defeat by Germany on penalties, when current coach Gareth Southgate lost on the spot, will still be fresh for some fans and Zverev did not miss the opportunity to raise it.
“I’m waiting for a fun match to watch, and I hope Germany wins. It will be fun if he goes to a penalty again,” Zaverev said with a smile.
US Open finalist Zverev had lost to the qualifiers in his last two visits to the Grand Slam, but 124 Griekspoor, who made his Wimbledon debut, did not have the game to challenge the tall German in his first meeting.
The game was interrupted by rain as the roof closed in Court One with Zverev taking a set and a break, but the interruption had no effect on the 24-year-old who continued to land a high percentage of his first serve to dominate the match.
“It’s great to see everything return to normal. The moment I went out on this pitch I was very happy to see all the people here,” said Zverev, one of the players who could challenge the top Novak Djokovic in the men’s draw, he said in an interview with the court.
“I felt comfortable on the pitch. It’s great to have a roof on the pitch now. Wimbledon is such a historic tournament and it continues to improve, trying to improve it for players and the public, and that ‘s why everyone loves this tournament. “
Zverev hit 20 aces, kept his effortless errors low and broke Griekspoor’s serve six times before sealing the match with a winning backhand below the line.
He will play American Tennis Sandgren or Norbert Gombo of Slovakia for a place in the third round.