Zverev Battles Through to Round of 16 in Miami; Struff Falls Short Again

Zverev Battles Through to Round of 16 in Miami; Struff Falls Short Again

Struff takes off. Annoyed Zverev is amazed, holds out and is rewarded

March 25, 2024, 10:03 p.m

Alexander Zverev reaches the round of 16 at the Masters tournament in Miami. It’s not always easy against the American Christopher Eubanks. Now the Olympic finalists will meet again. For Jan-Lennard Struff, however, it’s over again.

Alexander Zverev reached the round of 16 at the ATP Masters in Miami thanks to an increase in performance. The Hamburger, who was seeded fourth, won his third round match against the American Christopher Eubanks (No. 31) after a difficult start with 7:6 (7:4), 6:3 and is now in the round of the best 16 on the Russian Karen Khachanov.

“A very difficult match. He controlled the game in the first set, his return was incredible. I had the feeling he didn’t miss anything,” said Zverev with relief. “He gave me few opportunities to be aggressive myself. I just held on and I’m happy to have gotten through in two sets.” After a bye in round one and a confident two-set win against Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada), Zverev had to fight against Eubanks. The Miami finalist from 2018 played too passively for long stretches of the first set, his gaze kept looking down and annoyed at his brother Mischa in the stands.

After 20 minutes, light rain began to fall at the Hard Rock Stadium, and again in the tiebreak. But Zverev remained strong, converted his first set point and demonstratively showed his fist. In the second round, the favorite benefited from an early break – and never gave up this lead.

The 2021 Olympic final will now be repeated in the round of 16. In Tokyo, Zverev made tennis history with a 6:3, 6:1 win against Chatschanow and became the first German individual Olympic champion. After reaching the quarter-finals in Indian Wells a week ago, the 26-year-old is back in the top 5 of the world rankings for the first time since his serious ankle injury at the French Open 2022. A year ago, Zverev failed at his opening hurdle in Miami.

Jan-Lennard Struff, however, missed the round of 16. He lost to the Australian Alex De Minaur 6:7 (3:7), 4:6. He had already failed in the third round of the tournament in Indian Wells. In the first set, Struff and De Minaur met at eye level, and the 33-year-old only had to admit defeat in the tiebreak. He then conceded the break in the second round when the score was 2:2. After that he was no longer able to turn the game around. De Minaur, seeded tenth, will now face Fabian Marozsan from Hungary.

2024-03-25 21:03:00
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