Zverev paces past Gulbis in Geneva opener

Zverev paces past Gulbis in Geneva opener

21/05/2019 at 18:21Updated 21/05/2019 at 23:00

Top seeed Alexander Zverev got his Geneva campaign off to a flying start with a 6-2 6-1 win over Ernests Gulbis in the second round.

Having been given a bye in the first round, Zverev suffered a poor start to the match on serve as the Latvian looked to repeat his upset of the young German at Wimbledon last year.

However, after saving a break point at 2-2 in the first set, Zverev took control, winning nine games in a row to seal the first set and take a commanding lead in the second.

After Gulbis ended the losing streak of games, Zverev's momentum was barely broken and he reeled off the next three games, dropping just three further points en route to the third round.

"It was a good win, obviously [Gulbis] is someone that plays very aggressive and hits the ball very hard at times," Zverev said according to the official ATP website.

"[In the] first few games I thought it was going to be a very difficult match and then I picked up my level a little bit."

Zverev will face either Janko Tipsarevic or Hugo Dellien in the next round. A potential meeting with defending champion Marton Fucsovics awaits should he reach the semi-finals.

This has been a disappointing clay swing for Zverev, with his only quarter-final from his six previous tournaments on the surface coming in Madrid a fortnight ago.

Elsewhere in Geneva, Grigor Dimitrov's poor form continued as the Bulgarian suffered his fourth straight main-draw loss at the hands of Federico Delbonis. Adrien Mannarino was taken out by Albert Ramos-Vinolas in three sets, Joao Sousa was taken all the way by Leonardo Mayer and Damir Dzumur saw off Feliciano Lopez.