Nadal tops Gas­quet again, Ti­afoe up­sets Zverev

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

Rafa

Nadal ex­tended his spot­less record against Richard Gas­quet, while un­seeded Amer­i­can teenager Frances Ti­afoe up­set Alexan­der Zverev to reach the third round of the Cincin­nati Open on Wed­nes­day.

It must have felt like deja vu for the French­man, who fell 6-3 6-4 to drop to 0-15 against Nadal. Gas­quet last won a set against the Spa­niard in 2008.

Nadal, who re­pelled the only break point he faced in the match, served out the match at love in the 10th game, fir­ing in three aces, in­clud­ing the fin­ish­ing point.

“I work every day to play better. It’s ob­vi­ous that was an im­por­tant start for me, a good one,” said French Open cham­pion Nadal, who will claim the world num­ber one spot on Mon­day.

“Now I have an­other op- por­tu­nity to­mor­row to go on court and play.”

The 15-times grand slam win­ner will next face fel­low Spa­niard Al­bert Ramos-Vi­no­las, who elim­i­nated Nadal’s Wim­ble­don con­queror, 16th seed Gilles Muller of Lux­em­bourg, 5-7 6-4 6-4.

World num­ber seven Zverev, who stunned Roger Fed­erer in the Mon­treal fi­nal last week after claim­ing the ti­tle in Wash­ing­ton D.C., was on a 10-match win­ning streak but faded in the fi­nal set against en­er­getic base­liner Ti­afoe, who won 4-6 6-3 6-4.

It was 19-year-old Ti­afoe’s first win over a top10 player and he bounded around the court in joy, thump­ing his chest to a stand­ing ova­tion after Zverev floated a back­hand long on match point with his third un­forced er­ror of the last game.

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