Shanghai Open 2023: Holger Rune and Alexander Zverev Upset, Zhang Zhizhen Creates History
Holger Rune and Alexander Zverev faced unexpected exits from the Shanghai Open in China, with hometown favorite Zhang Zhizhen creating a historic moment. The third-seeded Rune was defeated by American Brandon Nakashima, while Zverev was ousted by the in-form Roman Safiullin, who had previously defeated Andy Murray. Zhang, competing in front of his home crowd, secured victory against Tomas Martin Etcheverry, while Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz also advanced to the next round with narrow wins.
Holger Rune and Alexander Zverev were beaten in straight sets at the Shanghai Masters on Friday as Zhang Zhizhen made history on home turf.
The Chinese player became the first home player to reach the third round of the tournament when he beat 28th seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
Zhang edged out Etcheverry 4-6 6-3 6-4 in a thrilling two hour 28 minute encounter.
“First set I was down and he had a break,” Zhang said after the match. “I told myself, second set I still have a chance.
“I just tried to hold my service games and see if I could break him. First set my return was not working well, so I changed my position a bit and I’m happy to win the match of course.
“It’s a first-time experience for me. Everything is new. I just try to take it, these are not bad things [that are happening]. So why not just take it [as it goes] and enjoy it?”
Zhang will take on Brandon Nakashima in the next round, who overcame Holger Rune in the biggest shock of the second round.
The 122nd-ranked American beat the third seed 6-0 6-2 in a dominant display.
The loss is a blow to Rune’s chances of qualifying for the ATP Finals in Turin – which he is hoping to play for the first time – after winning just one match of seven since reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
German Zverev joined Rune as a high-profile exit when he lost out to No. 50-ranked Roman Safiullin 6-3 6-1 in equally destructive fashion.
Safiullin got the better of Andy Murray in the first round before firing 32 winners to upset ninth seed Zverev.
In another notable exit, there was a disappointing result for Felix Auger-Aliassime who was beaten by Marton Fucsovics 7-6(3) 4-6 6-3.
Hubert Hurkacz narrowly clinched victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis with a score of 7-6(5), 6-4. In the second round, Lorenzo Musetti faced defeat, losing to the qualifier Hsu Yu Hsiou with a score of 6-3, 6-4.