Alexander Zverev reaches quarterfinals at Cologne Indoors

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2020

Alexander Zverev defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-1 on Thursday in his first match since his Roland Garros exit that was overshadowed by an admission he was suffering from fever-like symptoms.

Zverev was playing indoors for the first time this year after a mixed record on indoor hard courts in 2019.

The veteran Scot was handed a wildcard in Cologne, but was soon up against it as Verdasco, a former world number seven, broke twice to lead 4-1.

Zverev later returned a negative test for Covid-19. The Madrilenian hesitated and sweated a lot to seal the set after losing one of the two breaks he had an advantage, but he finally did it at the third opportunity he had with his serve in the tenth game: 6-4. Zverev would break in the very first game of the set forcing the unforced error from Verdasco.

Murray reached the second round of the US Open in September but remains outside the world's top 100.

The Briton memorably came from two sets down to beat Verdasco in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on the way to his 2013 singles triumph.

The second set was one-way traffic as the Spaniard seemed to be out of sorts and didn't have any answers for the German's aggressive game.

Murray was broken again in the seventh game, with Verdasco appearing to close in on victory when he set up a match point on the Briton's next service game. The Madrilenian kept the ghosts away at the ATP 250 in Cologne after beating Andy Murray for a double 6-4, a ideal way to disconnect from your recent troubles with Roland Garros (lawsuit included) due to COVID-19, since the tournament organization did not allow him to participate due to a false positive.

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