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All Eyes On Zverev In Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

Zverev© bet-at-home Open 2014Alexander Zverev has won three matches to reach the Hamburg quarter-finals.

Former junior World No. 1 Alexander Zverev continued to attract attention on Thursday at the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg.

The World No. 285 maintained his composure to keep his breakthrough run going, defeating 11th seed Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 7-6(6) for a place in the quarter-finals.

"He's a tough player and a really tough competitor," said Zverev. "He got the break when I was serving at 5-4 and I just had to focus and play my game. Luckily, I got through in two sets."

The Hamburg native could not close it out when he served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but held on for victory in the tie-break in one hour and 53 minutes. He had beaten fifth seed Mikhail Youzhny to reach the third round. It was the first time a 17 year old had beaten a Top 20 player on the ATP World Tour in more than 10 years.

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Zverev is the first 17 year old to reach the quarter-finals at an ATP World Tour 500 tournament since Rafael Nadal advanced to the last eight at the 2004 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

He is also the sixth lowest-ranked player to reach the quarter-finals at this category of tournament since then-No. 298 Juan Martin del Potro was a semi-finalist at the 2011 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis.

On Friday, at the Rothenbaum, Zverev will meet Tobias Kamke. The last 17 year old to reach the semi-finals or better at a tour-level event was when Marin Cilic – at 17 years 9 months – lost to Feliciano Lopez in the 2006 Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad semi-finals.

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