Alexzander Zverev weathered a mid-match storm from 14-time champion Rafael Nadal Monday to win their first-round Roland Garros blockbuster 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3.
Nadal found moments of his vintage best tennis, especially with his trademark forehand passing shot. But Zverev's booming serve, aggressive forehand and calm under pressure proved too much to overcome after three hours and five minutes.
To be honest I don't know what to say. First of all, thank you Rafa from all of the tennis world. It's such a great honour," Zverev said in his on-court interview. "I've watched Rafa play all my childhood and I was lucky enough to play Rafa when I became a professional. I was lucky enough to play him two times on this beautiful court. I don't know what to say. Today is not my moment, it's Rafa's moment, so thank you."


Zverev defeats Nadal in Roland Garros blockbuster