Zverev stays on course for Cologne double

The world No 7 defeated Canada’s Auger-Aliassime in straight sets last weekend to win the Cologne ATP title

BERLIN • Fresh from winning the ATP tournament in Cologne last weekend, Germany’s Alexander Zverev reached the quarterfinals of the second week on the Rhine with a tough, three-set triumph over John Millman of Australia on Wednesday.

Zverev, 23, ranked seventh in the world, needed nearly two hours to post a 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 victory over the 31-year-old Millman.

“In the first set, I thought I played flawlessly, but then I wasn’t focused at the beginning of the second,” Zverev admitted.

“John is someone who has beaten top players before, I thought I did a poor job serving but got the win somehow.”

The German top seed will meet France’s Adrian Mannarino in today’s quarterfinals. Yesterday, Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, who saw off Britain’s Kyle Edmund on Tuesday, will play Germany’s Jan-Lennard

Struff for a quarterfinals’ place. Seventh-seed Struff beat Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 6-3, 6-1 in the first round. Cologne’s Lanxess Arena is hosting back-to-back ATP events.

Zverev defeated Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime last weekend in the final of the first event.

The 20-year-old Canadian, whose defeat to Zverev was his sixth straight defeat in an ATP final, recovered from losing the first set to seal a 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4) second-round win over Egor Gerasimov of Belarus on late Wednesday. — AFP