Zverev Takes Down Fritz In D.C. Teen Tussle, Isner, Monfils Advance; Thiem Upset By Melzer In Kitzbuhel
by Staff | July 21st, 2016, 9:41 am

In a match-up of possible future Top 10ers, 19-year-old Alexander Zverev took down 18-year-old Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-2 Wednesday afternoon in Washington.

“Taylor has great potential for the future. That’s obvious,” Zverev said. “We’re all very young and there’s room for improvement for both of us.

“The goal for this year is just to get better and become the best player you can to compete in the best tournaments you can,” Zverev said. “I’m just trying to get better, to learn, and get stronger physically to compete against other guys.”

Earlier this month on July 11, the 27th-ranked Zverev On 11 July, became the youngest player to break into the Top 30 of the rankings since Rafael Nadal in March 2005.

Next for Zverev is Malek Jaziri.

Top seed and 3-time finalist John Isner hit 14 aces to cruise past James Duckworth 6-3, 6-4. Seven of Isner’s 10 career ATP World Tour titles have come in July or August. Last year, the big man reached the final in Washington losing to Kei Nishikori.

Bernard Tomic, Jack Sock, Steve Johnson, Borna Coric and Gael Monfils were also winners. Today, Coric meets Monfils, Isner faces Marcos Baghdatis and Tomic takes on Ivo Karlovic.

In Kitzbuhel, top seed Dominic Theim was stunned by countryman Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 7-5. The win for Melzer, who has been out almost a year due to a left shoulder injury, was his first over a Top 10 player in five years since beating Roger Federer at Monte Carlo in 2011.

“As a sportsman, you need to believe in your chances to win. Today this chance was very little, but I tried hard to use it,” said Melzer. “I think I showed almost perfect tennis, which one needs to play when facing Dominic. I also used the advantage that he had all the pressure on him.”

The 35-year-old Melzer will now face his younger brother Gerald in the quarterfinals.

20-year-old Karen Khachanov sent off the No. 2 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4.

In Umag, Fabio Fognini and Jeremy Chardy advanced to the quarterfinals. Top seeds Pablo Cuevas and Joao Sousa will try to join them today.

And in Gstaad, top seed Feliciano Lopez reached the quarters. No. 2 seed Gilles Simon and No. 4 Thomaz Bellucci are in action today.

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14 Comments for Zverev Takes Down Fritz In D.C. Teen Tussle, Isner, Monfils Advance; Thiem Upset By Melzer In Kitzbuhel

MMT Says:

Wozniacki was playing well when she had to retire, it’s a shame. The Zverev/Fritz match was frankly, quite boring. The only interesting thing was that Zverev continues to hit the ball with more pace than almost anyone on tour, and exposed Fritz for the lack of movement that I think will make it difficult for him to win big titles. On the other hand, Zverev hit so hard and flat that he can (for the moment) stay far behind the baseline and STILL take time away from his opponent. That will not persist as he gets older, as his movement will be compromised and will need to stay closer to the baseline to be effective.

BTW – on Tuesday Tomic and Troicki got in trouble with the Park Police (the tennis center is in a national park) when it was closed due to impending inclement weather (including the practice courts) but they refused to leave the court when ordered to do so because it wasn’t raining yet.


Humble Rafa Says:

I cannot believe the good fellow and doper Troicki refused to follow rules..just unbelievable.

Pamela Says:

Humble, I was unable to watch.. What did Troicki do this time? and MMT I saw it happen to Caroline as well. My heart broke for her. She seemed to finally be in control and having some fun. Stosur took full advantage

MMT Says:

The tennis center is in Rock Creek Park, which is a national park, and the law is that when inclement weather is on the way, people have to move to shelter. This would include tennis players practicing. Troicki and Tomic didn’t want to stop because the weather hadn’t yet arrived, but the officer insisted and they were arguing. Actually all the matches were cancelled, and the storm was quite violent – quarter sized hail was reported in some places and there was a lot of wind and lightning.

I guess Troicki though was dealing with someone like an impotent umpire, but Tomic really should have known better – he’s was arrested in Florida last year before coming to the Citi Open for making too much noise hosting a gathering in his room.

courbon Says:

“Do it after dark, do it after dark,
Rock Creek Park…. “

Willow Says:

^LOL Courbon, good to see you here ;-) ….

courbon Says:

Hi Willow,
if you are wondering what I’m tripping about, here is the link:
One of my favorite psychodellic funk songs…

Willow Says:

Courbon lol, you always did have great taste in music ;-) ….

Danica Says:

Tomic and Troicki better be careful as their raquets may be considered dangerous weapons.

chrisford1 Says:

MMT – I don’t think Troicki or Tomic mishandled the situation. They had limited practice time booked, the sun was out, the tennis center building was 100-150 yards away max to take shelter in if bad weather rolled in – so they argued to stay. Left when the park police guy ordered them to go. I’d have done the same. Policy should be applied wisely. Makes sense if you have people out walking or picnicing half a mile from shelter, not for a 20 second run from the courts when bad weather rolls in.
Let the tennis center office staff handle when this when they implement it for closure of the center so policy gets enforced, not some park police guy clearing courts he walks onto 45 min to half an hour before the weather may arrive because he still has to allot time shoo people from picnic area #4 and the nearby 8 b-ball courts after personally clearing all courts at the tennis center.
If people refuse to move, then call the cops or threaten players with not being allowed to return for not complying with safety policy.
And where I have played, you get weather updates, many staff have a bad weather advisory warning before a take shelter instruction is given – and all the rest of the places you are expected to self-evacuate when danger of lightning is real. You don’t and you get zapped into a crispy critter, your fault.

courbon Says:

Thnks Willow.

Willow Says:

So how are you doing then Courbon ? ….

courbon Says:

Willow:All good,Sorry can not writr I”m at concert ( boring may I ad,,,wife made me go )Speak tou you soon

Willow Says:

Hope you enjoy your concert Courbon ;-) ….

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