Zverev Wins #NextGen Contest

In a first-round contest between two #NextGen 18-year-old stars, Alexander Zverev defeated Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-3 on Monday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

World No. 54 Zverev made his Monte-Carlo debut in style, advancing in one hour as he won 75 per cent of his service points and broke No. 157-ranked Rublev four times. Zverev goes on to face seventh seed David Ferrer.

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“We’ve known each other since we were 11 years old,” said Zverev of Rublev. “We’ve been playing for such a long time on different levels of the tour. Under-14 tournaments, ITF tournaments and now this is the first time we played in a professional event. It’s nice to see how we both have grown really. So I think that was just the first one of many.”

Looking ahead to the clash with Ferrer, Zverev said, “It’s a great test for me. I think he’s one of the toughest competitors on clay. I think he’s been playing great on clay his whole career. He’s been a solid Top 10 player for 10 years now. It’s going to be a great match. I’m looking forward to it.”

Zverev has jumped 29 places in the Emirates ATP Rankings since the start of the year, thanks to compiling an 11-8 match record and strong showings in Montpellier, where he reached the semi-finals, and Indian Wells, where he held match point against Rafael Nadal in a thrilling fourth-round match.

Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene scored his first win at the Monte-Carlo Country Club as he dismissed Lukas Rosol 6-2, 6-3 in just over one hour. The No. 60-ranked Bedene earned a second-round clash with eight-time champion Rafael Nadal.

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