Alexander Zverev eased into the third round of the French Open, but his match against Roman Safiullin started with drama.
Zverev was taken to five sets in his first-round match, and he was in no mood to repeat that against the Russian qualifier.
He won with relative ease 7-6, 6-3, 7-6, but before a single point had even been played he had an altercation with the umpire after both players received a violation for starting the match late.
“At four seconds I was at the baseline,” Zverev explained to the official. “I looked at [the clock], at four seconds I was here at the baseline.
“This time it’s bull***t, I’m sorry,” Zverev exclaimed.
Safiullin certainly had his moments in the match and was a break up in both the second and the third sets before being overpowered by the German.
Zverev, though, says he was not unfamiliar with his opponent’s quality.
“We already played against each other in Paris under-14 and we know each other very well. It’s good that I’m through after three sets.”
Zverev will face Serbian opposition in the next round in the shape of either Laslo Djere or Miomir Kecmanovic.
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