Ex-finalist as opponent – difficult US Open lot: Zverev starts against Anderson

New York (AP) – The first round ticket to the US Open gave Alexander Zverev a very tough opponent.

At the first Grand Slam tournament after the Corona break, Germany’s top tennis professional meets former Wimbledon and US Open finalist Kevin Anderson from South Africa. That was the result of the draw.

After many injury problems in the past, the 34-year-old is currently only 124th in the world rankings, but was already number five. In 2017 he lost in Flushing Meadows in the final to the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, the following year he only had to admit a defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.

Former tournament winner Angelique Kerber will face Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in her comeback, currently number 57 in the world. “Angie is very experienced and this time she has absolutely no pressure,” said Barbara Rittner, head of women’s tennis in Germany. So everything is to be expected from her. She’s kind of like a surprise bag. ‘

Kerber is playing a match in New York, where she won in 2016 and became the number one in the world for the first time since her knockout in the last 16 at the Australian Open. After that, the German number one had to take a break due to thigh problems before the Corona crisis paralyzed the entire tennis tour for about five months.

Laura Siegemund also had a difficult opponent in the Belgian Elise Mertens and enters the match as an outsider. Jan-Lennard Struff is preferred against Spaniard Pedro Martinez.

The US Open starts on Monday in New York. The tournament is played without spectators and under strict hygiene and safety requirements. “Of course it feels different. Spectators give you energy when you score an important point,” Zverev said recently after losing to Andy Murray at the Masters Series tournament that was moved from Cincinnati to New York.

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