German tennis star Alexander Zverev enjoyed playing his first match at Wimbledon since 2019. Zverev, ranked at No. 6 in the world, cruised past Tallon Griekspoor in his Wimbledon opener as he beat the Dutch 6-3 6-4 6-1. “It is great to see everything slowly going back to normal.
The moment I walked out onto this court made me very happy, to see all the people here,” Zverev said. “I felt comfortable on the court. It is great we have a roof on court one now. ”Wimbledon is such a historic tournament, and they keep on improving, trying to make it better for the players and the public, and that is why everyone loves this tournament”.
Zverev saw off Griekspoor
Zverev saved two break points in the first game, before claiming the first break of the match in the second game. Zverev broke Griekspoor in the sixth game but failed to serve out for the opener in the following game.
However, Zverev kept his cool and served out for the opener in the ninth game. After winning the first set, Zverev started the second set with back-to-back breaks and a 3-0 lead. Griekspoor got one break back in the fourth game but that was all as Zverev served out for the second set in the ninth game.
Griekspoor's game fell apart in the third set as Zverev collected three breaks to book a straight-set win. Meanwhile, top-ranked British tennis player Dan Evans beat Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (4) 6-2 7-5. As no breaks were seen in the first set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which the tow players were tied at 4-4 before Evans won three consecutive points to win a tight opener.
After winning a tight opener, Evans broke Lopez twice in the second set to take a two-set lead. In the third set, Evans broke Lopez in the 12th game to book a straight-set win. “It was a good way to come through, it was pretty efficient.
I feel I played solid tennis and was more controlled than previous matches over the grass,” Evans said. "I had to be ready from the get-go and really focused and be sharp. I felt I was. “It was difficult. It's always going to be a difficult match against Feli.
I thought there'd probably be a tie-break or two in there. I was ready to be good in those moments. I did a good job and I'm happy to come through”.