Alexander Zverev in action in Rotterdam Photo: Marianne Bevis
It was one of those days in a tennis schedule when it is hard to know which way to turn.
The ABN AMRO Championships in Rotterdam offered up tennis in spades, ranging from a Major champion taking on a young home hopeful—Stan Wawrinka against Tallon Griekspoort—to world No7 and last year’s losing finalist David Goffin against the ever-popular French flair of Nicolas Mahut, to some of the brightest NextGen talents on the tour against oldies but goldies—Karen Khachanov versus Philipp Kohlschreiber, Daniil Medvedev against Gilles Muller.
Also in the equation was top-notch doubles in the shape of Major champions Feliciano and Marc Lopez, Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, though Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert were postponed after Mahut’s late promotion as lucky loser into the singles draw. All these doubles stars were plying their trade on outside courts throughout the day.
But back to those young rising stars.
Some of their number have already broken into the elite level: Alexander Zverev, just 20 years of age, ended 2017 in the top three after winning five titles, two of them Masters, and catapulted straight into the World Tour Finals instead of the NextGen equivalent in Milan.
The confident, urbane German, who impressed here as a teenage wild card in 2016, comfortably put paid to veteran David Ferrer in the first round here, and then talked of trying out new…