Adrian Mannarino eliminated by Alexander Zverev in quarter-finals in Cincinnati

Adrian Mannarino eliminated by Alexander Zverev in quarter-finals in Cincinnati

Too hard, too fast. This is how we can sum up what Adrian Mannarino must have felt against Alexander Zverev in this quarter-final of the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati. From the first exchanges, the German played faster and the weight of his ball neutralized the counter game of Mannarino who conceded the entry break. Behind, Zverev managed. Without being brilliant, he totally mastered the game, sometimes attempting difficult shots on the opposing serve without any consequences if they went out. And in the last game of the first set, he brought them in for a double break synonymous with the first set.

Head down and arms dangling, Mannarino could find no solutions. Whether he comes to the net or tries to settle in a rally, the point was too often for Zverev. The Frenchman could not call on his experience either, as he was only playing his second quarter in the Masters 1000 after a first in Montreal in 2019. With his five titles in the 1000 category, Zverev could see come. Annoyed to the point of taking a warning for throwing the racket, Mannarino did not abdicate but the scenario of the second set, with an initial break, was the same as that of the first. The few winning shots drawn by the French did not change anything, Zverev was too strong. In particular, he was able to count on a service (72% of first serves and 85% of points behind, no break point to defend) which Mannarino never found the key to.

Withdrawn from the Winston-Salem table where he was defending champion, Mannarino will now take a few days off before embarking on preparations for the US Open where he will be seeded.

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