Late 2nd set comeback propels Zverev past Krajinovic in Vienna
Alexander Zverev cruised early but found himself in a hole in the 2nd set barely pulling out a win in straight sets over Krajinovic 6-2 7-5.
Alexander Zverev is through to the next round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna after a strong win over Serbian Filip Krajinovic. The match was a very interesting one that featured two sets that were polar opposites in the way players played them but in the end, it was the German who prevailed in straight sets. Early on it was nice and simple for Zverev who quickly took a 3 - 1 lead.
That 3-1 lead later became a 5 - 1 lead and in the end the German capture the first set with 6-2. Krajinovic did not serve as well hitting only 59 % of his first serves and that gave the German plenty of 2nd serves to attack. He attacked every 2nd serve with great success winning 55 % of those points. Converting both break points he had he proved simply too good.
Despite the result, Krajinovic had chances as he forced 3 break points in the first set but failed to use either. In the 2nd set, he was finally able to get the better of Zverev taking a 4-1 lead. Krajinovic would make it 5-2 and after Zverev won his service game to make it 5-3, the Serbian stepped up to serve for the set. He failed to do so and Zverev pulled it back to 5-5.
Krajinovic then lost his serve once more to give the German 6-5 lead which became a 2nd set 7-5 victory for the German. A huge collapse by the Serbian who lost 5 games in a row to lose the 2nd set in stead of winning it as he should. Unfornately it's not the first time for Krajinovic and that is why Zverev is moving on despite some very shaky play in the 2nd set.