Zverev knocks off home hope Darderi

This offseason, Fletcher Cox and Kelce both retired. Both players, nevertheless, are remaining around the team.  

Jake Elliott remarked, "You see little little hints of them throughout the locker room now." They've had a profound effect that will endure for a very long time, and those guys won't be going far.  

Since Kelce has already spent practically every day in the building, I know they will always play a significant role in our company.  

Zverev saved the lone break point he faced against the home favourite in Rome, battling through four deuces to hold for 5-2 in the second set before breaking at love to close out the match. 

"The guy is serving 225 [km/h] and hitting the forehand as hard as Berrettini sometimes, so he reminded me of him a little bit," the German said after the pair's first Lexus ATP Head2Head meeting. 

"I thought the match went quite well. I thought I moved around the court quite well. I missed maybe a little bit more than I wanted to but that's part of tennis and I'm happy with the win." 

Zhang's next opponent is Thiago Monteiro, a qualifier from Brazil. Similar to Borges, Monteiro defeated Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(6) to win a match point.  

He surpassed Hubert Hurkacz in Tokyo in 2023 to win his fifth Top 20 match, and now he is progressing to the fourth round of an ATP Masters 1000 for the fourth time  

Next up for the No. 3 in the PIF ATP Rankings is Nuno Borges of Portugal, who defeated Francesco Passaro of Italy 4-6, 7-6(8), 7-6(4), and earlier on Sunday, all while saving a match point.  

"He's young, he's up and coming. I don't know what the Italians get to eat but there seems to be so many young guys and so many great players, and he's definitely one of them. 

Zverev was reminded of another player from the host nation. 


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