Alexander Zverev is defeated by Juan Martin del Potro in Shanghai’s past

In the third round of the 2017 Shanghai Open, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev competed against one another for the first time on the ATP Tour. After defeating the young German 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 in an hour and 55 minutes, the Argentine came out on top.

We saw five break points in all, with one break for each player, and both players served at 73%. Del Potro entered the match after dropping the opening set, conceding seven games on serve in sets two and three to keep Zverev under pressure.

In the first and second sets, Alexander racked up 22 aces and breezed past his service games, leaving him three points from victory in the tie break. Nevertheless, he was unable to win the game since he lost ground when it mattered most, allowing Juan Martin to advance.

The Argentine had a 25-14 ratio, while the German had 46 winners and 32 unforced errors. In the mid-range rallies, Juan Martin outplayed his young competitor and sealed his victory. Zverev scored 12 of the first 14 points to open a 3-0 lead, which was a great start.

With a forehand winner in the second game, he grabbed a break, and when Juan Martin netted a forehand in game nine after only 26 minutes, he had the set in hand.

In Shanghai 2017, Juan Martin del Potro defeated Alexander Zverev in three sets.

In set number two, Del Potro improved.

He kept his backhand secure during the exchanges while keeping up with his opponent’s tempo and produced one solid hold after another. The crucial point in the tie break came in the tenth point, when Delpo compelled Zverev‘s fault to advance 6-4.

He won the last point of the set with a serve to end the tiebreaker. In the final set, Juan Martin continued to dominate his service games by utilising his first shot to set up forehand assaults and keep Alexander away from opportunities for deuces or breaks.

After netting a backhand in the fifth game, the German lost serve. When the Argentine held with a service winner in the following game, he shattered his racquet out of fury and fell behind 4-2. In game nine, the young player encountered serve problems once more. He managed to hold off two match points to cut the lead to 5-4 and force his opponent to serve for the win.

For the first time in three years, Juan Martin accomplished that in style by blitzing another service winner to secure the victory and advance to the round of eight.