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Zverev Wins All-German Clash, Now For Chung

Alexander Zverev recovered from a mid-match lapse to book his place in the Australian Open third round for the second successive year.

The fourth seed knocked out fellow German Peter Gojowczyk, currently No. 62 in the ATP Rankings, 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 with on-court temperatures at 40°C (104 °F).

Alexander Zverev triumphed over compatriot Peter Gojowczyk at the 2018 Australian Open.
"I think I played a pretty good match," said Zverev. "I think the first two sets were very, very good. In the third set I played maybe a little bit shorter, maybe a little bit more passive. I don't think I played a very good set. I just feel like Peter played an amazing 25 minutes of tennis, then the set was gone. I felt like if I continued playing the way I was playing in the fourth set, I had good chances to turn it around again."

The 20-year-old struck 46 winners, including 25 aces in the victory over just under two hours, and will now face Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the third round. Chung knocked out Sydney International titlist, Russian Daniil Medvedev, 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-1 earlier in the day.

Zverev won the first five games of the pair’s first meeting, then converted two of his nine break point opportunities – in the third and ninth games – of the second set to take a commanding lead after 50 minutes.

But 28-year-old Gojowczyk regrouped and, after saving five break points, he broke Zverev’s serve in the third game of the third set. World No. 4 Zverev won the first three games of the fourth set and finished the encounter with an ace, his 25th.

Last year, in a season that saw Zverev win five titles – including two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns - the German lost to Rafael Nadal over five sets in the Australian Open third round.

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