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Tennis: Zverev loses duel against Altmaier in Acapulco

Tennis Zverev loses duel against Altmaier in Acapulco

Alexander Zverev lost his opening match in Acapulco. photo

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It’s an early end in Acapulco for Olympic tennis champion Alexander Zverev. The Hamburger had to admit defeat to Daniel Altmaier at the start.

Tennis professional Alexander Zverev was eliminated in the first round of the ATP tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. The Olympic champion lost his opening match against his Davis Cup teammate Daniel Altmaier 3:6, 6:3, 3:6. Altmaier from Kempen will face Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the round of 16.

Dominik Koepfer also advanced to the next round with a 6:4, 4:6, 6:0 win against French qualifier Terence Atmane. The Davis Cup player will face number eight seed Frances Tiafoe from the USA in the round of 16.

Zverev now has another bad memory of the $2.2 million hard court tournament in Acapulco. In 2021 he triumphed here thanks to a final victory against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. A year later, however, he was disqualified for freaking out during a doubles match in which he smashed his racket on the referee’s chair. The result was a fine and an eight-week suspended sentence.

Zverev was recently eliminated in the semi-finals of the smaller ATP tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico. At the beginning of February he canceled his participation in the Davis Cup qualifying round in Hungary due to a viral infection. The world number six had already become ill in Melbourne on his way to the semi-finals of the Australian Open and lost there against the Russian Daniil Medvedev.

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