The German tennis star Alexander Zverev only reached the second round of the French Open with great difficulty. Against the Cologne qualifier Oscar Otte, Zverev lost the first two sets, turned the game because Otte could not physically keep up in the later sets. Zverev won 3: 6, 3: 6, 6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 0.
But against Otte, Zverev did not find his rhythm at first. The world number six did not move well and, as so often in the past, was too far behind the baseline. Otte, who had qualified for the main field with three qualifying wins, played on the other hand carefree.
Again and again Otte duped the big favorite with strong stop balls. At the beginning of the third set, Zverev fell briefly to the ground. But this scene did not become a symbol.
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Instead, Zverev got better, while Otte could not maintain his high level and repeatedly knocked net balls. Zverev got the third set and at the latest after his break to 3: 2 in the fourth round, he had made the turn. After 2:49 hours, Zverev used his first match ball.
Before that, the Austrian Dominic Thiem failed in five sets against the Spaniard Pablo Andujar. On the world number four, against whom Zverev failed in the final at the US Open last year, Zverev could have met in the quarter-finals.