Zverev Brothers Win To Begin Title Defence In Acapulco
Brothers Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev began their Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC title defence on Monday evening with a 6-3, 6-3 win against American qualifiers Nicholas Monroe and Jackson Withrow.
The Germans broke serve five times and won 45 per cent of their return points in a 59-minute victory. Zverev/Zverev will next face last week's Rio Open presented by Claro champions Marcel Granollers/Horacio Zeballos or Frenchmen Adrian Mannarino/Fabrice Martin.
The Zverev brothers have won two ATP Tour doubles titles together, also triumphing together at Montpellier in 2017.
Two other doubles stars advanced in the Acapulco doubles draw, as Grigor Dimitrov and Taylor Fritz ousted Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald 7-5, 3-6, 12-10. In other action, Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen beat lucky losers Luis David Martinez and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 6-3, 7-6(3).
In their fourth event as a team, Peers and Venus saved three of four break points to improve to 3-3 this season. Last month, the unseeded duo made its team debut at the ASB Classic and also reached the Australian Open third round.
Venus and Peers will meet defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury or Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic for a place in the semi-finals. That first-round match will begin Tuesday’s evening session on Court 1.
Rotterdam finalists Henri Kontinen and Jan-Lennard Struff beat Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares 7-6(2), 7-6(4) to continue their run of form. The Finnish-German team will meet second seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek or wild cards Matthew Ebden and Leander Paes in the quarter-finals.