Alexander Zverev is the number 1 seed in Vienna. Entering the tournament as world number 5, it is the first time on the main draw for the German.
The Next Gen Superstar kicked off his Vienna campaign against a dangerous Serbian, Viktor Troicki.
The first set was a masterclass from the young player, overpowering Troicki. His superior speed made the Serbian unable to keep up. Zverev controlled the points from the baseline, stepping up in the court when the time was right. He clearly took the first set, 6-3, and seemed like a walk in the park.
But Viktor had another idea. The Serbian started taking more risks and hit the ball harder and faster, varying his shots more. It wasn’t much to chose from, but he pushed the match into a decider, claiming the second set, 6-4.
Sascha started the decider like a storm though and never lost the early advantage. He started coming to the net and closing the points faster. He kept Troicki constantly on the move and controlled the exchanges. He showed maturity and quality to close the match, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Elsewhere, Kohlschreiber shocked Isner with a 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory. The German came to the net more and showed his superior speed. He saved 3 set points in the tie-break.
In the second set, John had a 4-2 lead, but Philipp showed again his speed and versatility, passing the American and making surprising drop shots. He stormed pass John, claiming 4 games in a row.