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Zverev, 17, Records First ATP World Tour Win In Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

Zverev© bet-at-home Open 2014Alexander Zverev, 17, records his first tour-level win.

Alexander Zverev has become the youngest player to win a match at an ATP World Tour 500-level tournament in more than five years. 

German wild card Zverev, aged 17 years and two months, defeated Robin Haase 6-0, 6-2 in 59 minutes for a place in the bet-at-home Open second round in Hamburg on Tuesday.

“Winning my first ATP World Tour match in Hamburg, in front of a home crowd, was special,” said Zverev. “I had the feeling that the crowd was behind me. He played well in the second set, but once I got the break I played better.” 

The last 17 year old to win a match in an ATP World Tour 500 event was Grigor Dimitrov, when he beat Tomas Berdych in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in February 2009.

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Last week, Zverev reached the MercedesCup doubles semi-finals, just after lifting his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Braunschweig (d. Mathieu).

“It’s definitely a big win. Winning a Challenger title in Braunschweig recently and getting a wild card here – thanks to Michael [Stich] - means a lot to me.” 

He next plays fifth seed Mikhail Youzhny in the second round.

Thanasi Kokkinakis won a match at this year's Australian Open aged 17 years, nine months.

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