After the surprising removal of Dominic Thiem in view of Pablo Andújar, the opening day of Roland Garros flirted for a long time with another illustrious KO because Alexander Zverev lost the first two sets against the stranger Oscar Otte before signing a comeback that keeps him alive in the Parisian tournament on clay: 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and 6-0 in 2h.49 ’.
Otte, 27 years old and world No. 152, once again showed the danger that the debut in a tournament of the Grand slam. With nothing to lose to his famous compatriot, the German put Zverev on the ropes by scoring the first two sets for a 3-6 double.
In the face of these delicate situations, Alexander suffered a lot in the past, but the current world No. 6 has already acquired a maturity that allows him to handle the pressure without so much stress. Little by little, Zverev got into the rhythm of the game at the same time that Otte lowered the excellent performance of his first two sets.
‘Sasha’ equaled the clash with a double 6-2 and, already launched, sentenced the victory with a final 6-0 in just 23 minutes of the fifth set.
Zverev, increasingly convincing on gravel, will face another player from the qualifying round, the Russian Roman safiullin (181º), executioner of the Spanish Carlos Taberner, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-0, 6-2.
The German comes to Paris with renewed aspirations to improve the 2018 and 2019 quarterfinals after winning the Madrid Masters 1,000 giving himself the pleasure of eliminating Rafael Nadal.