Alexander Zverev, the German fifth seed,schooled Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to reach the fourth round for a second straight edition.

January’s Australian Open semi-finalist advanced to the business end of the no-fan, COVID-19 isolated event in just 91 minutes with a barrage of 19 aces and a pair of double-faults.

The 99th-ranked Spaniard playing the Grand Slam match of his career was no competition for the experienced Zverev, who broke six times while saving all seven break points against his own serve.

Injured Alejandro Davidovich Fokina served the final point underarm. Photo by Adam Glanzman/USTA

Even the attempt at an underarm serve at the end of the match by the Iberian did nothing to alter the inevitable outcome.

Zverev was making his sixth straight main draw appearance here, reaching the fourth round in 2019.

The German who played regularly in exhibitions during the five-month ATP shutdown due to COVID-19, is going all-in at the socially-isolated major, giving little time for players who are complaining about days of lockdown conditions in the tournament environment.

“”The players who are complaining, they had the option to stay at home,” he said.

Zveerev’s own sentiments are obvious, with his 2020 Grand Slam record standing 9-1 while he has won just a single match out of six at ATP tournaments.

Zverev is the first German to get this far at Flushing Meadows in the 13 years since Tommy Haas. he  reached the last eight with 38 winners in just over 90 minutes 

“In the third set, I saw that he slowed down a little bit, especially on his serve,” Zverev said.

“He couldn’t push off on one leg any more; the first two sets were pretty good quality by me to be honest.

“There are still things to work on, but I am in the quarter-finals and that can only be a good thing.”

Davidovich Fokina was playing in his first-ever fourth round at a Grand Slam. 


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