US Open 2019: Alexander Zverev beats Aljaz Bedene to reach fourth round for first time at Flushing Meadows

Alexander Zverev progressed to the last 16 at the US Open for the first time with a hard-fought win over Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.

Agence France-Presse September 01, 2019 10:44:02 IST
US Open 2019: Alexander Zverev beats Aljaz Bedene to reach fourth round for first time at Flushing Meadows
  • Alexander Zverev progressed to the last 16 at the US Open for the first time with a hard-fought win over Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.

  • Zverev next plays 20th seed Diego Schwartzman who beat Tennys Sandgren.

  • 'It's the first time in the second week. Obviously it's a fourth round. I don't really want to stop here. I want to keep going,' said Zverev.

New York: Alexander Zverev progressed to the last 16 at the US Open for the first time on Saturday with a hard-fought 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.

Sixth seed Zverev, who came through a pair of five-set matches in his first two rounds, is on course for a potential quarter-final with three-time champion Rafael Nadal.

US Open 2019 Alexander Zverev beats Aljaz Bedene to reach fourth round for first time at Flushing Meadows

Alexander Zverev celebrates after defeating Aljaz Bedene. AP/Sarah Stier

"It's the first time in the second week. Obviously it's a fourth round. I don't really want to stop here. I want to keep going," said Zverev, who next plays 20th seed Diego Schwartzman who beat Tennys Sandgren.

"I want to keep improving my game. It doesn't get easier, the opponents don't get easier, the matches don't get easier. We'll see how it goes. But I'm happy for now."

Zverev was again made to work hard by 80th-ranked Bedene in a contest lasting three hours and 36 minutes, spending longer on court than in his two previous matches that went the distance.

"Generally, I mean, all the top guys are getting through the matches, but their aim is to play their best tennis in the second week," he said.

"There's still a lot of things to improve. Obviously, I mean, if you go into details, we'll be here for a very long time. In general, the serving, the returning. Everything can still be better."

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