Monday, June 17, 2013

After Double-Bagel Thrashing, Zverev Downs Sock at Wimbledon Qualifying

(June 17, 2013)--Apparently a double-bagel thrashing at the hands of Roger Federer was exactly what Mischa Zverev needed to get motivated for Wimbledon. The World No. 156 defeated American Jack Sock, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the qualifying draw today. Zverev, a classic serve and volley player, is bidding to reach his fifth main draw at Wimbledon. He reached the third round of the Championships in 2008.

"I was of course sad or whatever (after Halle)," Zverev told, "but an hour or so later I was like, 'so what, I've played quarters in Halle, I have Wimbledon qualifying waiting for me and there's no need to be down and too disappointed. Anything positive that you can take, you just take it with you and go to London."

Sock, still only 20, has yet to play in the Wimbledon main draw. The Nebraska native did qualify for Roland Garros last month and reached the second round before losing to Tommy Haas. Though his big serve seems tailor-made for Wimbledon's fast grass, he's only played two tour-level matches on the surface.

Second-seeded Sock wasn't the only high seed to bow out of Wimbledon qualifying today. Israel's Dudi Sela, seeded first, lost to France's Stephane Robert in three sets.

Americans Denis Kudla, Wayne Odesnik, Tim Smyczek, Bobby Reynolds, Alex Kuznetsov and Rhyne Williams each advanced, while Donald Young, Michael Yani and Bradley Klahn joined Sock in the loss column.