The German opens his bid for a third straight title on home soil at Munich.

It has been a shaky season for Alexander Zverev, but he remains dominant at his familiar stomping grounds at Munich. The two-time defending BMW Open by FWU champion eased past Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero on Wednesday to book his spot in the quarter-finals and stretch his winning streak to nine matches.

Zverev escaped a difficult first set that saw him broken twice by taking the final game from Londero (see the above hot shot for the German’s critical play in the game).

He then found his focus and rambled through the second set behind two breaks of serve to clinch his win in 64 minutes.

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Zverev improves to 13-7 on the season and 13-3 lifetime at Munich. He will face Chile’s Cristian Garin in the quarter-finals.

Garin, who has been extremely impressive as a longtime promising talent that is finally making his mark on tour in 2019, eased past Diego Schwartzman 6-1 7-5 to improve to 16-6 on the season.

Third-seeded Marco Cecchinato (d. Martin Klizan) and eighth-seeded Marton Fucsovics (d. Monteiro) also advanced to the quarter-finals on Wednesday in Munich.

The draw currently shapes up as follows…