Alexander Zverev after giving up jack Sock in the round of 16 of the US Open

The triumphal march continues!

Alexander Zverev (24) has also won his 14th match in a row and is in the second round of the US Open. The Olympic champion benefited from the injury-related abandonment of the American Jack Sock (28) with a score of 3: 6, 6: 2, 6: 3, 2: 1. Now he will meet talent Jannik Sinner (20 / Italy) on Monday.

Zverev: “In the first sentence it looked like I would be free in the south of France next week. I’ve never seen Jack play so well. The way he played there isn’t much you can do about it. He was amazing. I had no idea what to do. ”

To get the crazy balls from Jack Sock, Alexander Zverev had to perform some acrobatic tricksPhoto: ELSA / AFP

Right from the start, the Hamburger had a difficult time against the unconventional sock with his knock-on tennis in connection with serve-and-volley according to old school. The service croesus, who knocked the German seven aces around the ears in the first set and brought the most impossible balls into the field, tore the audience in Arthur Ashe Stadium again and again to storms of enthusiasm.

Now only number 184 in the world, the wild card holder showed with his powerful blows twisted from the wrist, what once brought him to position 8. Zverev was visibly annoyed, could only rarely counter and lost the first round 3: 6.

But he also knew: the way Sock plays is very exhausting. You noticed that immediately at the beginning of the second movement. Even after the first game, Sock took a medical break, called the physiotherapist and bandaged his right thigh.

Zverev remained very calm, briefly discussed with father and trainer Alexander senior in the box and continued to play his tactics. Keeping calm was the best thing at the moment. That worked too. Sock moved more and more difficult and Zverev was quickly 3-0 in front.

Jack Sock was treated on the court, then continued to play happily

Jack Sock was treated on the court, then continued to play happilyPhoto: ELSA / AFP

That was enough to win the set 6: 2. Everything in balance again. But Sock was unbearable. He fought with all his might, but Zverev held out and also got the third round 6: 3.

But then Socks’ pain got too much after falling in a rally. After three games in the fourth set, he went online and gave up. “It’s a shame that the game had to end like this. It’s difficult to play against someone who is not one hundred percent fit. “

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