Brown Upsets Zverev To Reach Quarterfinals In Stuttgart

Dustin Brown

STUTTGART, June 13, 2019

Top seed Alexander Zverev fell in his opening match of the MercedesCup. The World No. 5 from Germany lost to his compatriot Dustin Brown 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3 in the second round on a sunny Thursday afternoon in Stuttgart.

Brown, who battled through the qualifying, withstood 21 aces from Zverev, firing 11 of his own to prevail after exactly two hours play.

“I had little control and he played well. That’s just Dustin. Many good players lost against him on grass, so I do not worry so much about it. I hope to come back to Stuttgart and then play better,” Zverev summarized the outcome.

“I am very, very happy,” said Brown, who had not recorded a tour-level win prior to this week since the 2017 US Open . “I didn’t have a good grass-court swing last year and just wanted to come and play very good tennis. Stuttgart is a little bit at altitude and I think that helped my game. I’ve won three very good matches, two in qualifying and one against [John] Millman. The court played a little slower today and it was tough especially against Alex, who is a very good returner. So I had to make a lot of first serves and the break in the first set helped me to gain confidence.”

Up next for Brown will be Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime. The 18-year-old Montreal native defeated French veteran Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 30 minutes.

Earlier in the day, Matteo Berrettini knocked out Karen Khachanov of Russia, the tournament’s No. 2, winning 6-4, 6-2. The 23-year-old Italian didn’t face a break point, converting three of his own five chances to secure victory in one hour and eight minutes. Berrettini will play US-American Denis Kudla in the quarterfinals. The unseeded Kudla from Virginia, battled past No. 5 seed Gael Monfils of France 7-5, 6-7(3), 7-6(3). Kudla won 53 per cent of the total points played to advance in two hours and 18 minutes.