Boiling water serves were the sharpest arrow in Alexander Zverev’s tennis quiver for his match against Carlos Alcaraz in the ATP finals in Turin.
The German sent off 16 chest shots, while he made his Spanish opponent stand out with karts of around 220 km/h.
“My serving helped me a lot today, especially when Carlos threatened to take the lead early in the second set as well,” Zverev said.
He ended up winning the match 6-7, 6-3 and 6-4 to build on his success from previous years.
The 26-year-old player walked away with the ATP finals titles in 2018 and 2021.
However, there was an anxious moment or two when he hit the ground hard in the deciding set.
Zverev missed a large part of the 2022 season after injuring his ankle in the semi-final of the French Open against Rafael Nadal.
“Luckily I didn’t hurt my ankle again. It was admittedly painful for a while, but I don’t believe there is any damage.”
In the day’s other match, Daniil Medvedev beat Andrey Rublev 6-4 and 6-2.
Daniil Medvedev beats Andrey Rublev 6-4 and 6-2
Alexander Zverev beat Carlos Alcaraz 6-7, 6-3 and 6-4
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