Tenth seed Alexander Zverev opened his Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday with a high-quality win against Evgeny Donskoy, not dropping serve to advance with a 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-3 victory. Three other #NextGenATP players joined him in the second round by scoring their first main draw wins at the All England Club, including Russian Andrey Rublev and Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jared Donaldson.
A single break of serve in the first and third sets is all Zverev needed to prevail in one hour and 50 minutes. The German finished the day with 31 winners to 20 unforced errors, while Donskoy hit 29 winners to 16 unforced errors.
Awaiting Zverev in the next round is an all #NextGenATP matchup with Tiafoe after the 19 year old won a lengthy 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 battle over Robin Haase. Tiafoe saved a set point on his serve at 5-6 in the third set. Zverev won his lone FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with Tiafoe this January at the Australian Open, dropping nine games for a convincing second-round win.
Rublev won a hard-fought match over fellow qualifier Stefano Travagalia of Italy 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5. The 19 year old missed a match point chance on Travaglia’s serve at 5-4 in the deciding set, but regrouped to break at 6-5 and prevail in three hours and 28 minutes. The Russian is at a career-high No. 95 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after reaching his first ATP World Tour on the grass in Halle.
Next up for Rublev will be 25th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who defeated Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4). Rublev won his lone FedEx ATP meeting with Ramos-Vinolas two weeks ago in the opening round of Halle.
A pair of #NextGenATP qualifiers weren’t as fortunate, though. Taylor Fritz, seeking his first Grand Slam main draw win, lost an all-American battle to 23rd seed John Isner 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-3. Isner hammered 25 aces and didn’t face a break point in the contest. The veteran American awaits the winner between Dudi Sela and Marcel Granollers.
Christian Garin of Chile, making his first appearance in the main draw of a Slam, fell to 17th seed Jack Sock 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3. Sock was playing his first match since spraining his MCL two weeks ago, which had left it unclear whether he’d be able to compete this fortnight.
“It’s been a rough trip for me in the sense of not being able to play. I just started practising not too long ago. I was really happy to be out there playing because I didn’t think I was going to be able to play Wimbledon,” said Sock. “To be sitting here after a win is extra special. I’m just enjoying being able to play this week.”