Halle Open 2019: Alexander Zverev fought off break of serves in second set to beat Robin Haase in Round 1. Pierre-Hugues Herbert upset Gael Monfils in straight sets.
Alexander Zverev registered a straight sets win in Round 1 of Halle Open. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ATP Halle)
Halle Westfalen: German star Alexander Zverev survived a brief second-set scare to beat Dutchman Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5 and reach the second round of the ATP tournament in Halle on Monday.
Second seed Zverev came back from 5-2 down in the second set to win in straight sets in front of his home crowd and set up a second round meeting with American Steve Johnson.
Zverev is among the favourites in Halle alongside Roger Federer, who faces Australia’s John Millman in his first-round game on Tuesday.
Third seed Karen Khachanov is also in the second round after beating Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.
France’s Pierre-Hugue Herbert sprung a minor surprise as he beat veteran compatriot Gael Monfils 7-6 (8/6), 6-4.
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There was disappointment for the home crowd as German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber suffered a second first-round defeat on home soil in the space of a week against American Steve Johnson.
Kohlschreiber, who also lost in the first round in Stuttgart last week, lost 6-3, 6-3 and missed the opportunity to set up a second round clash with compatriot Alexander Zverev.
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Elsewhere, third Moldova’s Radu Albot came from behind to win 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 over Australia’s Matthew Ebden and Portugal’s Joao Sousa recorded a 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 win over Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.