Zverev beats Berankis to begin bid for 3rd Munich Open title

April 28, 2021 GMT
Alexander Zverev from Germany returns the ball to Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania  during their second round tennis match at the ATP tennis tournament in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)
Alexander Zverev from Germany returns the ball to Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania  during their second round tennis match at the ATP tennis tournament in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)
Alexander Zverev from Germany returns the ball to Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania  during their second round tennis match at the ATP tennis tournament in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)
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Alexander Zverev from Germany returns the ball to Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania during their second round tennis match at the ATP tennis tournament in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)
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Alexander Zverev from Germany returns the ball to Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania during their second round tennis match at the ATP tennis tournament in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

MUNICH (AP) — Alexander Zverev began his bid for a third Munich Open title by beating Ricardas Berankis 6-2, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round.

The top-seeded Zverev, who won the tournament in 2017 and 2018, hit six aces, saved three of the five break points he faced and converted five of his own against his 89th-ranked opponent.

The sixth-ranked German will next face Ilya Ivashka in the quarterfinals. The 107th-ranked player from Belarus overcame American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-2. McDonald had upset sixth-seeded Dusan Lajovic on Tuesday.

Also, second-seeded Casper Ruud defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 and John Millman progressed after opponent Guido Pella retired with injury while trailing 6-4, 2-0.

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