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Alexander Zverev upset, Holger Rune advances at BMW Open

After waiting an extra day to get on court at the BMW Open, Alexander Zverev’s tournament was ended in straight sets by Christopher O’Connell on Thursday while top-seeded Holger Rune attained his opening match.

Zverev had a first-round bye, and his second-round match with O’Connell was delayed a day after rain washed out most of the Wednesday calendar.

Playing 82nd-ranked O’Connell in cold conditions in front of a German crowd huddled in thick coats, Zverev never built much momentum and struggled to land his first serves as he was defeated 7-6 (2), 6-4.

“It’s definitely tough playing Zverev here in front of the home crowd,” O’Connell, a 28-year-old Australian, said in his on-court interview. “This is the coldest weather I’ve ever played in. It’s tough, took me a while to get warmed up.”

O’Connell will play qualifier Flavio Cobolli in the quarterfinals.

Rune secured a spot in the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Yannick Hanfmann and next plays Chilean clay-court specialist Cristian Garin. Rune is aiming to follow up his strong start to the clay season after he was runner-up to Andrey Rublev in Monaco last week. Garin defeated sixth-seeded Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Also advancing were second-seeded Taylor Fritz, who defeated Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, and fourth-seeded Botic van de Zandschulp, who defeated Aslan Karatsev 6-2, 6-0.

Dominic Thiem’s match with Marc-Andrea Huesler was suspended because of darkness with Huesler leading 7-5, 3-3. The winner faces Fritz in the quarterfinals.

Steve Carr

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