Zverev to donate Aus $4.12 million to the bush fire relief if…

Zverev signs autographs after defeating Italy's Marco Cecchinato

"I didn't play well at the ATP Cup", he said.

"It's a nice feeling for me, but I'm through to the third round, I'm happy about that". However, Gerasimov came back stronger in the final set to win it in a humdinger of a tie-breaker to set up this second round match against Zverev.

Big things have been tipped for Zverev since he burst into the top 10 in 2017, but the 22-year-old is yet to fully deliver.

The victor on February 2 receives 4.12 million Australian dollars (2.83 million United States dollars).

Zverev also played in the Rally for Relief event with a host of other tennis stars prior to the Australian Open and has now made an individual gesture. "I have been taught to help people and I hope that I can and hope that other players support this".

McEnroe, a seven-time major champion, then made a generous donation of his own, announcing a pledge of $1,000 United States for each set Kyrgios wins for the remainder of the tournament.

Kyrgios has pledged $200 for every ace he fires down in the Australian Open and tennis legend John McEnroe has now joined him to help the relief works for the widespread bushfires in the country.

Last year, he recorded his best result at Melbourne Park, reaching the round of 16 where he fell to big-serving Milos Raonic in straight sets.

"Sometimes it's hard, sometimes it's easy", he said when asked what it was like trying to rediscover form.

In the women's draw, Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep powered into the third round, defeating British qualifier Harriet Dart 6-2, 6-4 in only 77 minutes.

He hit no double-faults against Gerasimov, while bashing nine aces and landing 78% of his first serves at Rod Laver Arena.

The two-time Grand Slam champion wavered slightly as she failed to serve out the match while 5-2 up in the final set, but she completed the job at the second time of asking to set up a meeting with either 26th seed American Danielle Collins or Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva. He ran away to a two set lead but the party seemed to be over when Ruud levelled the match at two sets apiece.

But after the match, Zverev gave fans four million reason to cheer after he revealed he will donate every cent he receives if he wins the entire event.

Khachanov won his previous meeting with Kyrgios in Cincinnati past year, but it was a clash best remembered for the Australian's outburst at umpire Fergus Murphy that resulted in a 16-week suspended ban and fine.



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