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Zverev Raises Level Just In Time

Twice Thomas Fabbiano served to take a set from fourth seed Alexander Zverev during their first-round match at the Australian Open on Tuesday. But both times Zverev raised his level and broke the Italian en route to his first win of the 2018 ATP World Tour season, a 6-1, 7-6(5), 7-5 victory on Rod Laver Arena.

“I think I picked up my energy a little bit and was a little more intense on my returns,” Zverev said on court after the match.

Alexander Zverev will look to post his best Grand Slam result this Aussie fortnight.
The 20-year-old rolled behind 47 winners, including 17 aces, and broke Fabbiano five times in the two-hour and 22-minute contest. It's the second consecutive year the 6'6” right-hander has advanced to the second round in Australia.

Last year, Zverev fell in the third round to eventual finalist Rafael Nadal in five sets. This year Zverev will be looking to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final. The World No. 4 posted his best Grand Slam result at Wimbledon last year, reaching the fourth round (l. to Raonic).

Zverev will next meet countryman Peter Gojowczyk, who breezed past Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.

Seventh seed David Goffin started his 2018 season where he left off in 2017. The Belgian overcame German qualifier Matthias Bachinger 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 33 minutes.

Goffin ended his 2017 as the finalist at the Nitto ATP Finals, falling in three sets to Grigor Dimitrov at The O2 in London. Goffin, en route to the biggest title match of his career, also upset World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and World No. 2 Roger Federer. The Belgian will next play 36-year-old Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who beat Taro Daniel of Japan 6-7(6), 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-1.

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