US Open 2021: Alexander Zverev beats Albert Ramos-Vinolas in New York

Alexander Zverev thrashed Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in a brisk 74 minutes on Thursday.

Zverev needed just one hour and 14 minutes to win 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 and reach the third round at the US Open.   -  AP

Alexander Zverev thrashed Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in a brisk 74 minutes on Thursday, conserving his energy as he rolled through to the U.S. Open third round.

More than half of the German's serves went unreturned in the lop-sided match after Zverev got a break to kick off the first set and never let up the momentum.

The world number four fired down 11 aces, including three in a row to close out the third set on Arthur Ashe Stadium, where he came within two points of triumphing a year ago before losing the final to Austrian Dominic Thiem.

"It was painful, and I still remember it," said the newly-crowned Olympic champion. "I take it as motivation because I'm back here. I have the opportunity to do better."

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After picking up Masters titles in Madrid and Cincinnati this year, the 24-year-old is among a group of younger players hoping to disrupt world number one Novak Djokovic's bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam.

It was Zverev's second straight-sets win at Flushing Meadows this year, after seeing off American Sam Querrey in the first round. He believes the efficiency could pay dividends later in the tournament.

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"It was always a problem of mine at the beginning of my career that I always spent a lot of hours, a lot of time at the beginning of Grand Slam tournaments," said Zverev, who opened his 2020 campaign with three back-to-back four-set matches.

"I played two matches against two good players. I think Sam is a very good player on a hard court, has a lot of titles on hard courts, has beaten great guys here, winning that in straight sets. And Albert as well, Albert is somebody who causes a lot of trouble to top guys."

He faces either American wildcard Jack Sock or Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik in the third round.

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