NEW YORK, Sept 2, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber
got the better of sensational young compatriot Alexander Zverev Saturday,
sending the fourth-seed crashing out of the US Open 6-7 (1/7), 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.
Zverev, 21, leads the ATP tour with 45 match wins this season, lifting
titles in Munich, Madrid and Washington and reaching finals in Miami and
But it was 34-year-old Kohlschreiber moving into the round of 16, where
he’ll face either 13th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina or Japanese 21st
seed Kei Nishikori, the runner-up in 2014.
“I think it was a really entertaining match,” said Kohlschreiber, who is
in the last 16 at Flushing Meadows for a fifth time.
“You have Sascha with the big serve, big strokes. My variety of the game
worked out perfectly.”
Zverev led 3-0 in the fourth set but lost the last six games.
“I returned very well,” Kohlschreiber said. “He usually likes to have free
points on his serve, that was a key factor today that I played a lot of force
back on his service games.”
“Slice, angles, they all paid off,” Kohlschreiber said. “Lucky me today.”