At Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, third seed Alexander Zverev has had more than his share of scares.
The most recent episode occurred on Thursday afternoon against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. It took the German almost three hours to overcome his demons and move into the quarterfinals (7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (5)).
Despite racking up 15 aces versus only 3 for his opponent, Zverev faltered, as very clearly evidenced by his 14 double faults (versus 4 for Basilashvili). He converted 5 of 18 break points, while Basilashvili banked the five he was offered.
On his quest to regain the confidence he’s lost, Zverev will come to blows with Karen Khachanov of Russia, who is absolutely brimming with confidence right now.
Earlier today, Dominic Thiem (2) and Marin Cilic (14) also went head-to-head (7-6 (7), 6-4). The Austrian emerged victorious by playing big points to expunge the nine break points he gave away.
Currently on a six-match winning streak, Thiem also dominated on serve, collecting 11 aces (3 for Cilic).
In the quarterfinals, the Austrian will take on Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who ousted Cristian Garin of Chile in two sets (6-3, 6-3).