Zverev clinches Germany's win over American team at ATP Cup
Jan-Lennard Struff withstood 34 aces in a 7-6 7, 4-6, 7-5 win over John Isner to give Germany the lead and Zverev sealed it, on his fifth match point, with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the second of the singles matches.
Alexander Zverev beat Taylor Fritz in straight sets Tuesday to clinch a victory over the U.S. team and get Germany's ATP Cup campaign back on track. Jan-Lennard Struff withstood 34 aces in a 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-5 win over John Isner to give Germany the lead and Zverev sealed it, on his fifth match point, with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the second of the singles matches. Isner and Fritz combined for a 6-0, 6-3 win over Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz in the doubles. Both teams are now 1-1 in Group C. The U.S. opened with a 3-0 win over Canada and Germany was coming off a 2-1 loss to Britain. "Great effort by Jan to beat John in these conditions ... we needed that win, we needed to get on the board," No. 3-ranked Zverev said. "It's the second match of the season. I'm still getting into it. I'm still trying to adjust, but I'm happy with how things are." Italy rebounded from its opening upset loss to Australia to beat France in Group B.
Sinner and Berrettini completed the sweep with a three-set win in the doubles.
"I had to play my best tennis in the important moments to win the match and I'm really happy with my performance," Berrettini said in an on-court TV interview.
Canada was playing Britain later Tuesday in Group C and Russia was playing Australia in Group B. The four group winners in the 16-team tournament advance to the semifinals on Friday and Saturday, with the final scheduled for Sunday.
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