Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo (round of 16): Alexander Zverev dominated Pablo Carreño Busta to slip into the quarters

For the moment, everything is going well for him. If life has not been a long calm river in recent weeks on the ATP circuit for Alexander Zverev, the world number 3 seems to be in better shape this week on the Rock. Like his entry into the running the day before, he showed great authority on Thursday against Pablo Carreño Busta, 19th at the ATP, whom he mastered in two sets and just over an hour and a half. half game (1h36 exactly) in the round of 16.

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He is still far from the level displayed in the second half of last season, but Alexander Zverev may be gradually regaining his cruising speed. Still subject to a few swings in concentration, like these two breaks conceded to start each set, the German was able to put the necessary intensity in his strikes so as not to ever really doubt in this part. And it is this margin found against a member of the Top 20 and a solid player on clay that is interesting.

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Zverev regained boldness

Because the great “Sascha” again so nervous lately could have been frustrated several times. First by giving up his entry commitment when his opponent had just left it to him during the toss, but also at the end of the second act when he saw Carreno Busta dismiss two match points on his serve at 6-2, 5-4, 15/40. But methodical, Zverev was able to get back on track each time. That is to say, to push back his opponent by his quality of strike, his length, his curved trajectories often along the line and the weight of his ball.

He thus gave the impression of being able to detach himself when he had decided. And with style moreover in the first round where he validated his first break in advance with a monstrous long line setback at the end of the race (3-1). Despite another bad start in the second (6-2, 0-2), his undermining paid off when he came back behind on his 5th opportunity in a ten-minute long game (6-2, 3-3) . He did not release the pressure thereafter, systematically advancing in the court when he had the opportunity.

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And even if two match points therefore passed under his nose at 5-4, his excellent quality of recovery paid off two games later. Always more enterprising, he even finished in style with a superb backhand volley well slammed. While his passivity can sometimes play tricks on him, Zverev has been bold. A state of mind which he could take advantage of at the weekend as he also impresses with his power when he is in his mood.

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Sinner winner of the fight against Rublev

However, he will fall on a big chunk in the next round. Indeed, Jannik Sinner got the better of Andrey Rublev after a huge three-set fight. Fifteen days after giving up in the quarter-finals of the Miami tournament against Francisco Cerundolo, the Italian confirmed his great form against the Russian on Court Rainier III.

After a first set fought (and lost), Sinner regained control in the second (6-1). Before going on in the last round despite the awakening of Rublev. Fighting, the 8th in the world indeed managed to unbreak in the fourth game. But the Italian resumed his service in stride, launched towards a victory which could no longer escape him. Zverev will have his work cut out for him.

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