17-year-old Alexander Zverev upsets Mikhail Youzhny in Hamburg

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Not only did Alexander Zverev make history as the youngest man to win a match at an ATP World Tour 500-level tournament in more than five years, he followed up with a staggering upset of Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

The German wildcard began his week with a dominant 6-0, 6-2 victory over Robin Hasse – a contest that lasted 59 minutes in total. He would follow up with another comfortable straight set victory, this time over an even higher ranked opponent and also the fifth seed of the tournament.

“Winning my first ATP World Tour match in Hamburg, in front of a home crowd, was special,” said Zverev following his first main draw win. “I had the feeling that the crowd was behind me. He played well in the second set, but once I got the break I played better.”

Zverev’s second match against Youzhny was slightly tougher on the young German, but he eventually pulled through unscathed for a 7-5, 7-5 victory in two hours time. His next contest is against 11th seed Santiago Giraldo.

The last time someone achieved such a feat was in 2009 when Grigor Dimitrov won his first main draw match at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, where he defeated Tomas Berdych.

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