It was just like any other point between Alexander Zverev and Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, until Zverev’s racquet flew out of his hands.
Chardy was serving down 1/4 in the second-set tie-break, when Zverev, on the fourth shot of the rally, hit a forehand and accidentally launched his racquet into the stands. The German was immediately surprised and apologetic about his racquet toss, which landed in an empty seat and, thankfully, did not hurt anyone.
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The fifth seed retrieved his most important piece of equipment and advanced 7-6(13), 7-6(3). Zverev, who’s currently in eighth place in the ATP Race To London, will next meet Russian Andrey Rublev for a place in the Shanghai quarter-finals.