Mischa Zverev was in destructive mood in his home country as he dismantled Malek Jaziri in straight sets in the first round of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.
Germany’s Zverev was ruthless on serve during his grass-court opener on Monday, winning 84 per cent of his service points to beat Tunisia’s Jaziri 6-3, 6-1.
Zverev hit seven aces and never faced a break point during the 54-minute victory.
“I think it was a good match, and I felt pretty comfortable based on the circumstances, it’s the first match after changing surfaces,” Zverev said.
He is the older brother of rising star Alexander Zverev. Both siblings crashed out of Roland Garros in the first round and so have been preparing for the grass court season for a while now.
Zverev admitted he has benefitted greatly from training with his younger brother in London for the past week.
“We played a lot of practice sets, and we had a lot of good battles. I think it definitely helped me to start off playing well today in the first round,” he added.
Roger Federer is the favourite to lift the title this week as he begins his Wimbledon preparations.
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All the other results from the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart can be seen below:
Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany) beat Lukas Lacko (Slovakia) 6-4 7-6(3)
Yannick Hanfmann (Germany) beat Marton Fucsovics (Hungary) 6-3 7-5
Steve Johnson (U.S.) beat Maximilian Marterer (Germany) 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4