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Aussie Bolt beats Sock, to next face Simon
Let the chatter begin in earnest: Is this where Alexander Zverev reaches his first Grand Slam semi-final?
The 21-year-old German bypassed any first-round drama at the Australian Open on Tuesday, sweeping Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. Zverev faced trouble in the opener when he was broken in the seventh game. But the fourth seed broke twice to end the first set and surrendered only one break the remainder of the match.
Signs Point Towards A Zverev Slam Breakthrough
Expectations were high for Zverev last year, but they’ll likely be even higher in 2019, especially because of how he finished last season. Zverev beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in back-to-back matches to win the Nitto ATP Finals, the biggest title of his career. He will next meet a Frenchman, either Jeremy Chardy or Ugo Humbert.
Aussie wild card Alex Bolt hit 56 winners, including 22 aces, and eliminated American Jack Sock 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. The 26-year-old will next play French veteran Gilles Simon, who beat Bjorn Fratangelo of the U.S. 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-2.
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