Racquet-smashing Zverev grinds down Giron

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Alexander Zverev. (Getty Images)
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Sixth seed Alexander Zverev mangled a racquet in frustration as he was made to dig deep against Marcos Giron before reaching the Australian Open second round Monday.

The German, a semi-finalist last year who is gunning for a maiden Grand Slam title, lost a tight first set against the 73rd-ranked American before grinding to a 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-2 win.

It was a tougher assignment than expected with Zverev smashing his racquet in anger during the second set before regaining his composure.

"He played incredible. He had me on the ropes, particularly in the second set tie-break," said Zverev, who is into round two for a fifth straight year.

"I was just happy to get through. Playing the first round of a Grand Slam is never easy. My body felt a little fatigued, I was a little tired."

He will meet either Japan's Taro Daniel or American qualifier Maxime Gressy next and said he was encouraged by the way he improved as the match wore on.

"For me, the longer the match went, the better I started playing, and that's something positive," he said.

"I still felt my abs and my back a little bit, so the serve wasn't full power like it usually is," he added, after being treated for a lower back strain during last week's ATP Cup.

"I barely got over 210 on the serve, which is still quite fast, but for me I know I can go faster than that, so I had to vary it a little bit."

The 23-year-old came into the tournament having beaten world number 12 Denis Shapovalov in the ATP Cup while pushing top-ranked Novak Djokovic deep into a third set, before being beaten by fourth-ranked Daniil Medvedev.

He is looking to become the youngest Grand Slam singles champion since Djokovic won the title at Melbourne Park in 2011.

Results from day one of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Monday:

Men's singles

First round

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-3, 6-1, 6-2

Frances Tiafoe (USA) bt Stefano Travaglia (ITA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 6-2

Reilly Opelka (USA) bt Lu Yen-hsun (TPE) 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3

Taylor Fritz (USA x27) bt Albert Ramos (ESP) 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8/6)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x17) bt Pedro Sousa (POR) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) bt Marc Polmans (AUS) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3

Corentin Moutet (FRA) bt John Millman (AUS) 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Milos Raonic (CAN x14) bt Federico Coria (ARG) 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x10) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Pedro Martinez (ESP) bt Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1

Alexander Bublik (KAZ) bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4

Dusan Lajovic (SRB x23) bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

Adrian Mannarino (FRA x32) bt Dennis Novak (AUT) 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)

Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) bt Kamil Majchrzak (POL) 6-2, 6-4, 6-3

Maxime Cressy (USA) bt Taro Daniel (JPN) 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/3), 6-4

Alexander Zverev (GER x6) bt Marcos Giron (USA) 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-2

Dominic Thiem (AUT x3) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, 6-3

Dominik Koepfer (GER) bt Hugo Dellien (BOL) 7-5, 6-2, 6-4

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Frederico Silva (POR) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

Ugo Humbert (FRA x29) bt Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x18) bt Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)

Alex Bolt (AUS) bt Norbert Gombos (SVK) 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Jiri Vesely (CZE) bt Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-3

Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP x15) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN) 7-5, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2

Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 3-6, 6-1, 4-1 ret

James Duckworth (AUS) bt Damir Džumhur (BIH) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN x20) bt Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) bt Benoît Paire (FRA x25) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5

Aslan Karatsev (RUS) bt Gianluca Mager (ITA) 6-3, 6-3, 6-4

Alexandre Muller (FRA) bt Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-3

Diego Schwartzman (ARG x8) bt Elias Ymer (SWE) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Women's singles

First round

Bianca Andreescu (CAN x8) bt Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROM) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Hsieh Su-wei (TPE) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 7-5, 6-2

Venus Williams (USA) bt Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 7-5, 6-2

Sara Errani (ITA) bt Qiang Wang (CHN x30) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE x19) bt Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 2-6, 7-5, 7-5

Rebecca Marino (CAN) bt Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 6-0, 7-6 (11/9)

Sorana Cirstea (ROM) bt Patricia Tig (ROM) 6-2, 6-1

Petra Kvitova (CZE x9) bt Greet Minnen (BEL) 6-3, 6-4

Zarina Diyas (KAZ) bt Tamara Zidansek (SLO) 6-2, 7-5

Bernarda Pera (USA) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x23) 6-0, 6-4

Ons Jabeur (TUN x27) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) bt Mayo Hibi (JPN) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4

Caroline Garcia (FRA) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3

Naomi Osaka (JPN x3) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-1, 6-2

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x7) bt Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) 6-0, 6-4

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) bt Katie Boulter (GBR) 6-1, 6-4

Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Valeria Savinykh (RUS) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (10/7)

Anastasia Potapova (RUS) bt Alison Riske (USA x24) 6-2, 6-1

Timea Babos (HUN) bt Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) 7-6 (7/0), 6-4

Nina Stojanovic (SRB) bt Irina Begu (ROM) 6-3, 6-4

Serena Williams (USA x10) bt Laura Siegemund (GER) 6-1, 6-1

Iga Swiatek (POL x15) bt Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-1, 6-3

Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 6-3, 6-3

Fiona Ferro (FRA) bt Katerina Siniaková (CZE) 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-4

Elena Rybakina (KAZ x17) bt Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Veronika Kudermetova (RUS x32) bt Marta Kostyuk (UKR) 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)

Varvara Gracheva (RUS) bt Anna Blinkova (RUS) 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (10/7)

Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-2, 6-1

Simona Halep (ROM x2) bt Lizette Cabrera (AUS) 6-2, 6-1

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