Zverev edges Struff to reach Monte Carlo quarters


MONTE CARLO (Principality of Monaco), April 19: Third seed Alexander Zverev came through a three-set tussle with fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff on Thursday to set up a possible Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final with his brother Mischa.
The 20-year-old, who won two Masters titles last season, became frustrated in the second set but came through 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and will play either his older brother Mischa or Richard Gasquet in the last eight.
“Hopefully my brother will win and it will be an amazing day tomorrow,” said the younger Zverev.
The world number four claimed the opening set thanks to a break in game seven, before a bizarre second set in which both players struggled on serve.
Nadal thrashes Bedene in Monte Carlo opener
World number one Rafael Nadal started his bid for an 11th Monte Carlo Masters title with a 6-1, 6-3 second-round victory over Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene on Wednesday.
The 16-time Grand Slam winner, like Novak Djokovic, is looking for a record 31st Masters title, and will take on big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov in the last 16. (AFP)