Tennis Identity

Yes, There Are Two Zverevs

The Zverev brothers both have a ton of talent, capable of giving the top seeds headaches every time they step on to the court. Misha Zverev had mischief in his eyes from the start as he sized up the Japanese #1 Kei Nishikori over the net. The German didn’t look intimidated for one moment.

You will remember Alexander Zverev, his younger sibling, took Novak Djokovic apart in the Rome final last week, and clinched the title. This week it’s the turn of Misha and he is giving Nishikori problems on the court.

It is spectacular tennis from both ends of the court. And when did you last see the calm Nishikori run out of patience? Well at 4-2 down in the third he did. He could see a place in the finals slipping away. His impatience soon turned to petulance as he knocked a ball into the stands. The inevitable warning followed.

None of this distracted his opponent. Misha Zverev has come through qualifying to get this far and has spent roughly 12 hours on court and is still looking fresh. That must have been annoying to Nishikori.

The match score was 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and when it was announced, there was no celebration. A firm handshake at the net sealed his victory.

Get ready for tomorrow folks. It’s predicted to be Stan Wawrinka on the other side of the net, but first he must take care of Andrey Kuznetsov’s forehand, and that could be more problematic than it sounds.

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