French Open 2021: Alexander Zverev beats Safiullin in straight sets; storms into R3; World number six Alexander Zverev has advanced to third round after outclassing Russia’s Roman Safiullin in straight sets.The German beat the 24-year-old qualifier 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 7-6 (7-1).
Although Zverev entered the match as favorite, Safiullin gained a 5-4 lead in the first set.Thereafter, both the players broke to make it 6-6. The former raised his game to win tie-breaker 7-4.He won the second set 6-3 despite trailing 1-3.The third set was also decided by the tie-breaker, with Zverev easing past Safiullin 7-1.
He was tested in his opening match by another qualifier Oscar Otte, but staged an emphatic comeback victory (3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0).
Zverev earned his 14th match-win at the Roland Garros.He now has a win-loss record of 19-8 in the season.Earlier this month, the German won the Madrid Open by beating Matteo Berrettini in the final.He also won the 2021 Mexican Open, having outclassed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the summit clash.Zverev is now 11-3 on clay in the ongoing season.
French Open 2021- Alexander Zverev vs Roman Safiullin:What about prize money?
The total prize pool for Roland Garros 2021 is €34,367,216.
Round of 16: €170,000
Third Round: €113,000
Second Round: €84,000
First Round” €60,000