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Alexander Zverev back in fourth round at Australian Open 2020; Red-hot Andrey Rublev awaits

Andrey Rublev is on quite a streak at the moment: 11-0 in 2020, 15 wins in a row dating to the Davis Cup at the end of last year.

AP Reported by: AP Melbourne Published on: January 25, 2020 16:09 IST
Alexander Zverev is back in the fourth round at the
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Alexander Zverev is back in the fourth round at the Australian Open after beating 36-year-old Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-2, 6-4

Alexander Zverev is back in the fourth round at the Australian Open after beating 36-year-old Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-2, 6-4, and it means another $10,000 to the bush fire relief effort in Australia.

The 22-year-old German player has pledged $10,000 for every match win at the Australian Open, and his entire prize money if he wins the title at Melbourne Park this year. His best run at a major to date is to the quarterfinals at the French Open.

The seventh-seeded Zverev won the last four games after going down a break in the third set against Verdasco, who was contesting his 67th consecutive Grand Slam tournament -- the second-longest streak for men behind Feliciano Lopez (72).

Verdasco's best run at a major was to the semifinals in 2009, when he lost to Rafael Nadal in the second-longest match in Australian Open history that lasted 5 hours and 14 minutes.

Andrey Rublev is on quite a streak at the moment: 11-0 in 2020, 15 wins in a row dating to the Davis Cup at the end of last year.

Plus, there's this: The 22-year-old Russian is into the fourth round at the Australian Open for the first time after a 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over No. 11 David Goffin on Saturday.

“To be honest, I was not even thinking about it — how many matches I win, how many matches I lose," said Rublev, who is seeded 17th. "It's more in the media: They start to say, like, ‘You win 10 (consecutive) matches.' Then you start to think, ‘Wow, I won 10 matches.’”

Given, though, that tennis is a sport where everyone loses except one player in each tournament, he added, “Of course, it's amazing that I win that many matches in a row.”

Rublev will try to make it a sweet 16 in the round of 16 on Monday when he plays No. 7 Zverev