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Alexander Zverev Serves His Way Into Wimbledon Third Round | ATP Tour

Sixth seed Alexander Zverev was strong on serve Thursday to sweep past American Tennys Sandgren 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 45 minutes on No. 2 Court at The Championships, Wimbledon.

The German, who arrived for his sixth tilt at the Wimbledon trophy on the back of a second-round exit at the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle (l. to Humbert), hit 13 aces and lost just 12 service points in his second ATP Head2Head meeting against Sandgren.

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Zverev will now challenge another American in 31st seed Taylor Fritz, who is returning from right knee surgery just three weeks ago, or Steve Johnson in the third round at the All England Club.

World No. 6 Zverev has compiled a 26-10 match record this year, including two ATP Tour titles at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC (d. Tsitsipas) and the Mutua Madrid Open (d. Berrettini). Last month, he reached the Roland Garros semi-finals (l. to Tsitsipas) and is currently in fourth position in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin for a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals, which will be held from 14-21 November.

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Zverev stepped up in the latter stages of the first set to force Sandgren into error at 5-5 and he went onto hit three consecutive winners to clinch the 40-minute opener. From 0-1 down in the second set, Zverev continued to apply the pressure to win five straight games. Having lost five service points in the first set (24/29), Zverev won all 16 on serve in the 30-minute second set, which ended with a forehand winner.

The 24-year-old carried the momentum into the third set, breaking serve at 1-1 when Sandgren made a backhand error. Sandgren, who failed to convert his lone break point in the next game, ended the match with his 25th unforced error.

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