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Fastest third of the lap: Gerber only needs 66 minutes

Fastest third of the lap: Gerber only needs 66 minutes

At the US Open, Alexander Sverrev was particularly in a hurry, after which Angelique Gerber was finally allowed to play. His match against Anhelina Kalinina from Ukraine was postponed due to a severe storm in New York, so the 33-year-old German did his job fast.

The next round was easy: Angelique Gerber.
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Gerber was a clear choice against Kalinina because he climbed 58 places to 17th in the world rankings, but achieved good results only on clay in Ukrainian – including winning the French Open in the first round against Gerber (6: 2, 6: 4). But this time it was different. The 24-year-old lost his first service game on a tough court in Arthur Ashe. After that, outsiders had a chance to break back quickly, but Gerber was able to get her service.

Overall, the German was not always consistent when serving on her own, for example, she missed clarifying the passage with a score of 5: 1 – after a while, she closed the first set to 6: 3. “I lost to them in Paris, but the conditions were different – and on clay,” Gerber said after the match at Eurosport: “I knew I had to dictate the game aggressively. That was the key to the match.”

Waiting for Stephens Gerber

The start of the second set went entirely to Gerber’s taste, he initially caused a double break and then couldn’t get out of her way. The 2016 US Open winner won in 66 minutes (!) 6: 3, 6: 1 Now he meets the 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens, who previously showed his teammate and super talent Coco Kauf (USA) 6: 4, 6: 2 in their place.

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“I knew from the beginning that I wanted to play my game. She was an incredibly talented athlete, a world-class tennis player who had won here before. She was playing in front of the house. I had to mentally keep my attempt to play tennis stronger and better,” Said in view of the match, there is not a good record against him. Gerber had only won his first of the previous six fights against the Americans.