Germany’s top player Alexander Zverev surprisingly failed in the round of 16 at the grass tournament in Halle, Westphalia. The number three seeded Hamburg was defeated by Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6: 7 (4: 7), 6: 3, 3: 6 and was far from his top form ten days before Wimbledon (from June 28). Humbert converted the first match point after 1:52 hours.
Almost a week after his semi-final defeat at the French Open, Zverev bit his teeth on the moving Humbert, who won the tiebreaker in the first set. Even if he improved in the meantime, Zverev looked anything but satisfied in his first ATP duel with Humbert. The 24-year-old shook his head again and again, and in the third set he also quarreled with referee decisions.
“I honestly don’t know what I should have done better,” said Zverev afterwards: “I hit 20 aces and had no double faults. I played okay from the baseline, Ugo was better there. That’s why it’s completely okay. that he won. ” He won’t play any more tournaments until the start of Wimbledon: “I’ve played a lot and I’m tired. But that’s not an excuse for today.”
In the next round, the 22-year-old Humbert will meet Sebastian Korda (USA), son of the former world number two Petr Korda.
Philipp Kohlschreiber (Augsburg) is the last German to be represented in the quarter-finals in Halle, the veteran playing against world number seven Andrej Rublew (Russia) on Friday. Germany’s number two Jan-Lennard Struff (Warstein) failed after the opening coup against Rublew’s top-seeded compatriot Daniil Medwedew on US qualifier Marcos Giron. Lawn king Roger Federer (Switzerland / No. 5) also said goodbye to Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the round of 16.
Queens: Murray has no chance against Berrettini
Former world number one Andy Murray was shown his limits at the dress rehearsal for the lawn classic at Wimbledon (June 28). The injured 34-year-old lost his round of 16 against the top seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini 3: 6, 3: 6 at the Queen’s Club in London. Berrettini now meets Daniel Evans (Great Britain / No. 6).
After his sovereign opening success against Benoit Paire (France), Murray’s match against the world number nine was over after 1:26 hours. The two-time Wimbledon winner, who had been thrown back by a number of operations and injuries in recent years, had won the title five times at the Queen’s Club. For Wimbledon, Murray received a wild card from the hosting All England Club.
The three-time Grand Slam champion, who now plays with an artificial hip joint, started the year in February with the finals at the Challenger tournament in Biella, Italy. In March, however, Murray suffered another setback: he had to cancel his participation in the Miami Open due to a groin injury.