Done & Dustin: Brown Topples Zverev In Stuttgart
NEWS SOURCE: ATP News
Dustin Brown continued a day of upsets at the MercedesCup on Thursday when he reached the quarter-finals with victory over top seed Alexander Zverev.
A couple hours after second seed Karen Khachanov bowed out in Stuttgart, the 34-year-old qualifier knocked out fellow German Zverev 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3 in only his second tour-level match of 2019.
Brown missed out on an opportunity to break Zverev at 5-5 in the second set, when the World No. 170 hit a backhand volley into the net and needed to save three break points at 3-3 in the deciding set.
It was only the fourth Top 10 win of his career, and the first since February 2017 when Brown beat then No. 7-ranked Marin Cilic in the Open Sud de France second round. He also beat Rafael Nadal on grass courts at 2014 Halle and 2015 Wimbledon.
Brown, who had not recorded a tour-level win prior to this week since the 2017 US Open, awaits the winner of seventh-seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who is currently second in the ATP Race To Milan for a spot at the Next Gen ATP Finals in November, and Gilles Simon of France.
Zverev double-faulted at 30/40 in the third game of the first set, one of his 14 double faults in the pair’s first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. While Zverev took a 2-0 lead in the second set, Brown’s courtcraft at 3-5 reaped rewards, but he did not hit a first serve in the tie-break, which ended with a forehand error.
Having saved three break points at 3-3 in the decider, Brown was inventive in the next game to get Zverev on the move. A forehand volley winner sealed a 5-3 lead and he went on to close out to 15. Brown saved 13 of 14 break points, with Zverev winning 82 per cent of his first-service points and hitting 21 winners.
Last week, both Zverev and World No. 9 Khachanov, who lost to Matteo Berrettini in Stuttgart on Thursday, reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals. Zverev, who captured the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon trophy prior to the clay-court Grand Slam championship in Paris, is now 23-12 on the season.
POSTED ON June 13, 2019