Tennis Olympic champion Alexander Zverev clearly failed in the round of the last 32 players at the Canadian Open.
Against the world number 37. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from Spain lost the 26-year-old from Hamburg in two sets 1: 6, 2: 6. In the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 tournament, Fokina (24) now meets the Norwegian Casper Ruud, who prevailed against the Czech Jiri Lehecka in two sets.
A week and a half after his tournament victory on clay in Hamburg, Zverev never found his game against Fokina. After just one hour of play, the world number 16 had to. left the pitch with a clear defeat in their luggage. In the first round, Zverev had won convincingly against the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor.
Should Zverev make it to the semifinals in Toronto, "he will go to the US Open as one of the favorites," tennis icon Boris Becker said on Tuesday at a media event with a view to the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. There are now probably others favored.
The hard court tournament in New York will take place from August 28th to September 10th. Last year, Zverev missed the US Open because of his serious foot injury.