(Rome) Alexander Zverev, 3rd in the world, had to fight on Wednesday to overcome the resistance of the Argentinian Sebastian Baez (37th) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, and thus reach the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 of Rome.

The German, clearly dominated by Carlos Alcaraz in the final in Madrid last Sunday, will face the Australian Alex de Minaur (22nd) or the American Tommy Paul (34th) to try to climb into the quarterfinals of the last major preparatory tournament at Roland- Garros (May 22-June 5).

For his debut at Foro Italico, the Olympic champion was hooked by Baez: the two players arrived at the tiebreaker of the first set without a break point having been played.

Zverev then quickly broke away to afford four set points (6/2). But he let his opponent come back to 6/6 before winning the next two points by concluding with an ace.

The second set changed when the 25-year-old German converted the game’s only break point to lead 5-3, serve to follow. He offered himself two match points and concluded on the first.

Zverev won the first major title of his career in Rome in 2017 by beating Novak Djokovic in the final. The following year, he was beaten in the final by Rafael Nadal, the same man who beat him in the quarterfinals last year.



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