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Zverev looking to keep Montreal momentum going

9th August 2019, 16:10 by Simon Barlow

Alexander Zverev hopes his upturn in form continues during the American swing after reaching the Rogers Cup quarter-finals.

The German has seen his ATP ranking drop from three to seven since January amid a disappointing run of results which left him with only one tour title - the 250 event in Geneva back in May.

His first-round exit to Jiri Vesely at Wimbledon was probably the low point, but Zverev did make the semi-finals of his home event - the Hamburg tournament - before heading to Canada for this week's Masters Series 1000 tournament, the Rogers Cup.

Talking about being the home favourirte, he said: "There is more pressure, but I also feel positive energy and love around me. It's also funnier to play there because you know that when you will be on court, you will be the crowd favourite.

"It's a feeling I loved in Hamburg, even if it was an ATP 500 and I was probably the favourite."

Zverev somehow got through to the last eight, despite 14 double faults against Nikoloz Basilashvili, to prevail 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(5) on Thursday.

Asked about his chances in the tournament, Zverev added: "For me, this year can only improve. Hopefully, it turns around here and it continues during the American swing. We will see. It's not that bad as everyone thinks."

Awaiting Zverev in the quarter-finals is sixth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov, who knocked Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime out with a three-set win earlier in the day.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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