It was a crazy day/night in Acapulco which ended with three longest matches in the tournament history (!) – in the consequence the last match entered the history as the latest finish # There were three matches scheduled on Centre Court in the night session at 7 pm: first Isner defeated Verdasco after 3 hours 13 minutes, then Kozlov overcame 2nd set cramps to oust Dimitrov after 3 hours 21 minutes, and finally Zverev survived two match points to beat Brooksby after 3 hours 20 minutes, at the dawn.
The 21-year-old Brooksby  is a fresh Top 50er, but his serious career began actually last year because he’d suffered injuries in late 2019 and when he recovered, the world was hit by Covid-19 – these two factors caused he was inactive 14 months! He’s a man to watch due to his unorthodox style, I assume he’s a Top 20 material at least. For a guy of his height (193 cm) he obtains few points directly behind the serve, he also doesn’t hit too many winners during baseline rallies because he tries to deliver as many balls as possible on the other side of the net trying to outmaneuver his opponent. It makes him a very awkward man to play against, especially that he uses double-handed backhand at slices, dropshots (with the same back swing as at offensive strokes) and volleys.
In the enormously long 2nd set (1 hour 51 minutes – overcame a previous record of the longest TB set by two minutes) they were involved in many gruelling rallies, mainly backhand-to-backhand, Brooksby had two match points in the tie-break on return: at 6:5 (Zverev’s smash) and 10:9 (service winner). At 10-all Zverev delivered a second serve ace (189 kph) and forced a forehand error in the following point with an aggressive backhand down the line. In the 3rd set the German finally break for the first time to lead 2:1 – he had cramps afterwards, but Brooksby was also very tired and Zverev’s much better serve was decisive in helping him to get a few cheap points in his last three service games. The crucial moment of the match came with Zverev serving at 3:2 (30-all) in the deicder – the point was repeated twice when Zverev was a few centimetres from facing a break point – his shots were twice called long, but he successfully challenged twice and won the point on the third attempt.
The following day Zverev was involved in another unprecedented situation: he’d been exceptionally aggressive towards the umpire at the match conclusion (almost hitting him with his racquet after verbally abusing him!) and in the consequence he was disqualified from his singles second round match vs Gojowczyk!
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