Stuttgart - World number five Alexander Zverev made a poor start to the
grass-court season as he was dumped out of the Stuttgart ATP event by
fellow German Dustin Brown on Thursday.
The top seed, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the French Open
quarter-finals last week, was beaten 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3 by the
The 34-year-old Brown, who famously knocked out Rafael Nadal in the
second round of Wimbledon four years ago, saved 13 of 14 break points as
he claimed only his fifth-ever win over a top-10 player.
Zverev, 22, has never won an ATP title on grass, while Brown will
face Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime in his first top-level
quarter-final since February 2017.
"I am very, very happy," Brown told www.atptour.com. "I didn't have a
good grass-court swing last year and just wanted to come and play very
good tennis. Stuttgart is a little bit at altitude and I think that
helped my game.
"I've won three very good matches, two in qualifying and one against
John Millman. The court played a little slower today and it was tough
especially against Alex, who is a very good returner.
"So I had to make a lot of first serves and the break in the first set helped me to gain confidence."
Results from the ATP tournament in Stuttgart on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Dustin Brown (GER) bt Alexander Zverev (GER x1) 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3
Denis Kudla (USA) bt Gaël Monfils (FRA x5) 7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/3)
Matteo Berrettini (ITA) bt Karen Khachanov (RUS x2) 6-4, 6-2