US Open: Alexander Zverev eases past Sam Querrey
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Fourth seed Alexander Zverev got his US Open off to the perfect start, defeating Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in the first round on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The German won his 12th straight match after picking up titles at the Olympics and Cincinnati. He hit 36 winners and broke the American four times in the one hour, 39 minute contest.

The fourth seed lost just 14 points and never faced a break point as he won for the seventh time in the last eight matches in Flushing Meadows, having reached the final last year.

Zverev clinical in straight sets victory

The serve was the dominant shot for both players early in the match with Querrey being pushed to deuce, but coming through the game to take a 3-2 lead.

Zverev, who lost just six points on serve through the first four games, held triple break point after Querrey missed a forehand well wide and he broke after the American sent another forehand wide.

The fourth seed then served for the first set and had three chances to close it out. After netting a forehand on the first, he hammered an ace down the middle to close it out.

Zverev hits a backhand in his first-round win over Querrey/Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Querrey saved a pair of break points in the fifth game of the second set, but couldn't generate any chances on Zverev's serve and he again cracked at a key moment.

With the score 5-5, he faced double break point and double-faulted to hand Zverev a 6-5 lead. Holding two set points, he hammered down another ace for a two-set lead.

The third set was a runaway as Zverev broke twice within the first five games for a 4-1 double break lead. Querrey did well to fight off three match points in a 14-point game, but the German held to love, a crosscourt backhand winner on match point sealing the win.