Zverev battles past Lajovic at Paris Masters
The winning continues for Alexander Zverev who made a winning start at the Paris Masters. The German last played a few days ago in Vienna where he defeated Frances Tiafoe in the final. Today was not as sharp by Zverev as that day but he was able to still battle past the tricky Serbian who at times made Zverev quite frustrated.
Against Lajovic Zverev started off well taking an early 3-0 lead. The Serbian did not play too well especially from the baseline allowing Zverev to play some deep ball which were hard to send back for Lajovic. Eventually, the Serbian was able to pull the break back and make it 3-2 before asking for a medical timeout for an issue.
Five minutes after that player resumed but Zverev was the better player easily breaking Lajovic once more to take a 4-2 lead which became a 5-2 lead after that and a 6-3 first set win. For Zverev it was key to hit his first serve and once he did he won 17 out of 21 points. That was the key in the 2nd set as well. Every time Zverev hit the first serve he had no issues in winning that point.
On his 2nd he faced some tricky rallies which gave Lajovic some break points which he failed to convert. At 3-3 Lajovic had 40-0 on Zverev's serve but the German held. In the next game, Zverev had 0-40 on Lajovic's serve but the Serbian held. Eventually, though Zverev was able to break the Serbian and close out the match with 7-5 in the tiebreak.