Alexander Zverev reacts to clinching first Cincinnati win in seventh attempt

World No. 5 Alexander Zverev felt happy after finally clinching his first win at the Cincinnati Masters. 

Entering Wednesday, Zverev was 0-6 in Cincinnati. 

On Wednesday, former world No. 3 Zverev delivered a good performance as he beat Lloyd Harris 7-6 (3) 6-2 to reach the Cincinnati round-of-16. 

“I’m happy with how I am, I’m happy where I’m at and I’m happy to get my first win in seven years here,” Zverev said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “It’s obviously a great start to the week.”

Zverev is playing his first tournament since winning gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. 

“It’s great. When I came on court and they said Olympic gold medalist, it did give me goosebumps,” Zverev said. “It made me a little nervous at the beginning of the match, I have to say because it is a special feeling.”

Zverev noted Cincinnati is an important tournament for him 

“I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to hopefully change how Cincinnati has usually gone for me. I’m looking forward to competing and proving that I’m still one of the best players,” Zverev said during his pre-tournament press conference. “Yes, I know that I’m having a pretty good year, so I am extremely happy with that, but there is a Masters coming up and there is a Grand Slam coming up. Those are two very important and big tournaments.”

Zverev is happy to see the fans attending the Cincinnati Masters. 

“I’m extremely happy to see so many people, because I have always said that live sports and sports in general need spectators, because the spectators bring emotions,” Zverev said. “I think it’s great to see the crowd back. It’s great to see that life is slowly going back to normal. I think a lot of people have missed that.”

Zverev plays next against Argentine Guido Pella.