Zverev Wins 50th, Cilic Out In Basel; Federer Returns Thursday
by Staff | October 24th, 2018, 8:37 pm

Alexander Zverev became the first player on the ATP to hit 50 wins Wednesday in Basel. The 21-year-old German eased past Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5 in his opener at the indoor event.

Zverev, who is now 50-16 on the year, will face 19-year-old Aussie qualifier Alexei Popyrin tomorrow.

Romanian qualifier Marius Copil collected his first career Top 10 victory (was 0-6) upsetting Marin Cilic 7=5, 7-6(2).

Taylor Fritz also was a winner as was Stefanos Tsitsipas. And Ernests Gulbis toppled Jack Sock for a second straight week. The 18th-ranked Sock is just 7-20 on the year with 1,400 ranking points dropping in the next few weeks which could plunge him out of the Top 140.

On Thursday, 8-time champion Roger Federer returns to face Jan-Lennard Struff. The home favorite is 3-0 against the German.

Youngsters Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev are also in action.

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5 Comments for Zverev Wins 50th, Cilic Out In Basel; Federer Returns Thursday

SG1 Says:

Would be surprising if Zverev didn’t get to at least one slam final in 2019.

Daniel Says:

Federer was behind 1-3 and now wins 4 straight games. Serving for the set. Struff kind of gave away last game in errors.

Daniel Says:

His FH is way more reliable than previous match.

Margot Says:

Agree with SG1. Sascha looks really. His ROS is terrific and he’s coming forward much more and is a very reliable volleyer.

Coolwriter Says:

Alexander Zverev – took the racket at the age of 5 years. The first serious successes at the junior level came to him in 2013, when he reached the final of Roland Garros, where he lost to Christian Garin. And in January 2014, the athlete won the 2014 Australian Junior Championships by beating American Stefan Kozlov, and his success is not surprising.

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