Alexander Zverev -06 – (GER) def Frances Tiafoe -45- (USA)
Match recap from Arthur Ashe Stadium announcer Andy Taylor...
Sascha Zverev and Frances Tiafoe have been whacking tennis balls at each since they were 10-years-old. On Thursday afternoon, they got a chance to do it for over 3-hours in front of 20-thousand-plus.
With the victory, Zverev is through to Round-3 of the US Open for the second time. After a pair of wins last year, Sascha was upset by countryman Philipp Kohlscheiber. Philipp also elimated Sascha in 5-sets during Round-1 in 2015, after Zverev qualified in New York for the first time.
The good news for Zverev: This year, Kohlschreiber fell in Round-1 to Lucas Pouille.
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Round-2 Biography |  Alexander Zverev -06 – (GER)
In 2015, this 22-year-old made his US Open main draw debut as a qualifier. Four years later, he comes into this year’s US Open as the reigning ATP Finals Champion. Last November, he defeated both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to earn the biggest title of his career and climbed to career-high ranking of World #3. This year, he was a Finalist in Acapulco (where he also captured his second Doubles title with brother Mischa), then back in May, he saved two match-points in Geneva’s championship match to earn his 11th ATP Tour Singles title. Competing in his 5th US Open, on Tuesday he won his 1st-Round match in a 5th and deciding-set. From Germany, please welcome the #6 Player in the World Alexander Zverev.
▲ R2: def Frances Tiafoe -45- (USA) 63 36 62 26 63
▲ R1: def Radu Albot -41- (MDA) 61 63 36 46 62
Round-2 Biography | Frances Tiafoe -45- (USA)
2-years-ago, at just 19-years-old – he thrilled fans here in Arthur Ashe Stadium – taking 5-time US Open Champion Roger Federer to a deciding-set in the Opening Round. Last year, he earned his first main-draw Singles victory here in New York – but we first experiences his electifying play in 2014, where as a 16-year-old – he teamed with Michael Mmoh to reach the Doubles Quarterfinal. In 2018, he captured his first ATP Tour Singles title in Delray Beach, becoming the youngest American champion since Andy Roddick in 2002. This year, he upset World #6 Kevin Anderson at the Australian Open en-route to his first Grand Slam Quarterfinal and climbed to career-high ranking of World #29. Through to Round-2 of the US Open for the second time – from Washington D.C. – please welcome, Frances Tiafoe.
▲ R1: def Ivo Karlovic -79- (CRO) 62 63 12 RET
Head to Head
This was the 5th meeting between these two players. Alexander Zverev won 3 of their previous matches, including their most recent in Round-2 of the Paris Masters Indoors last October.