Alexander Zverev out-hit Sam Querrey to begin his US Open 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 on Tuesday, hammering 18 aces to 17 for his opponent as the fourth seed won his 12th straight match..

Germany’s Olympic champion and Cincinnati title winner this month, continued his mastery of the hardcourts as he reached the second round in just under an hour and three-quarters.

The 78th-ranked Querrey was no match for the fourth seed, with the Californian losing his sixth consecutive match dating to Wimbledon.

He has not won a match here since 2017.

“For a first round it was good,” Zverev said. “Sam is somebody who is extremely dangerous on a fast hard court.

“I’m happy to win in three sets, because a match like that can get out of your hands very quickly, and I’m happy to kind of have it under control.”

Sixth-seeded Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini produced a 7-6(5), 7-6(7), 6-3 defeat of Jeremy Chardy

The Italian who reached the semi-finals here two years ago,won his seventh consecutive match against a French opponent  as Chardy dropped 12-676 against the Top 10.

Two generations of compatriots joined Berrettini with wins.

Andreas Seppi, the 37-year-old veteran, beat Marton Fucsovics in a five-set thriller 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(13) while 20-year-old 13th seed Jannik Sinner defeated Aussie No. 191 Max Purcell 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.  

Seventh seed Denis Shapovalov beat Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in less than two hours. with the Canadian pounding 14 aces.

2014 finalist Kei Nishikori overcame Italy’s No. 113 Salvatore Caruso 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 

“It was a great match for me, I had a great start for the first two sets, and he started playing better. In the fourth set he really pushed me back  It was a good fight.”

Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer at the All England Club in the fourth round, put out Egor Gerasimov of Belarus 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Young US hope Seb Korda lasted just 11 games before retiring with stomach illness to hand Nicoloz Basilashvili a 6-2, 2-1 trip to the second round.

Main photo:- Sascha Zverev winning first round match by Darren Carroll ©USTA

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