Alexander Zverev, who has served as a serious contender for the title, from his Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, having in the process dismissed “Nole” in the semifinals, and the winning the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati two weeks ago, put a set to take the measure of his opponent, who had so far never passed the 3rd round of a Major. After breaking immediately to come back to 5-4, he was pushed to the decisive play, Harris securing a set point at 6-5. On which, the German chained three points by taking advantage of direct errors at the worst moment of his rival, to pocket the first round.
Frustrated, the South African violently threw two bottles on the ground, which burst and sprayed the court at the left lane. Which led him, along with Zverev, to wipe the cement by dragging towels with their feet, to help the staff at work.
The German, who had finally captured the momentum, wanted to take advantage of the momentum. And he also broke from the start, starting to unleash his blows, in particular his famous long line devastating backhands, his serve (20 aces) taking care to ensure the gain of the second set. Same scenario in third, Harris immediately conceding his faceoff, then the next. Zverev then rolled, executing his punches perfectly, including some nice climbs on the fly. Author of a start, his rival robbed him of a service game, but he refocused perfectly to keep his second break in advance and finish it in just over two hours.
A demonstration of strength that will boost his confidence for the future, he who was so close to winning the New York Grand Slam last year, being two points behind the victory against the Austrian Dominic Thiem, finally overthrowing in five sets. In the semifinals, the German will face Novak Djokovic or Matteo Berrettini.