Zverev saves match point in Paris

05 June, 2018, 04:38 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Alexander Zverev

While it was obvious his game is still a long way from the form he produced to win four slams on the trot from 2015 to 2016, his surgically repaired elbow got a workout before he set up a third-round clash with Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. He's the only active player outside of the "Big 4" of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray with three Masters titles.

It seemed that Zverev would ease through as he led by a set and a break within an hour, holding a point for a double break, though Dzumhur sensationally turned the match around and served for the match in the fourth set, only to Zverev to win a tiebreak.

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Stephens, the 10th-seeded American, also reached the last eight in Paris for the first time, beating No. 25 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-2, 6-0.

While Djokovic did go on to win the match, one of the major talking points was him pounding his racket against the ground after missing a simple forehand during the second-set tie-break.

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The 21-year-old Zverev struggled mightily for nearly four hours, but finally subdued the 26-year-old Dzumhur on Philippe-Chatrier Court, to reach the pre-quarterfinals, reports Efe.

But Nishikhori made life easy for him, with an over-cooked forehand hit long on Thiem's second match point.

As Zverev upped his levels, Lajovic's earlier efforts began to take their toll, the Serbian looking tired as his younger opponent needed only 35 minutes to set up a decider.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki whizzed into the fourth round with a brutal 6-0, 6-3 demolition of local favorite Pauline Parmentier on Friday.

The latest gritty victory came with the usual temper flare-ups from Zverev.

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He eased past Ricardas Berankis in the opening round in Paris but Lajovic proved a much tougher test, Zverev eventually progressing 2-6 7-5 4-6 6-1 6-2. "I'm not anxious. I know if I'm doing the right things and if I do the right work I'll win those long matches, and the success will come itself".

No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria - a semifinalist at Roland Garros the past two years - faces No. 19 Kei Nishikori of Japan.

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French Open second seed Alexander Zverev faced the media in Paris following his second-round victory in the Grand Slam tournament - and began by taking questions from Live Sports FM journalist Jonathan Pinfield, who is from Bradford. If they ever make a tournament there I'm coming just because of that accent.

In women's play, 13th-seeded Madison Keys reached the quarterfinals for the first time at Roland Garros after beating No. 31 Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-1, 6-4 on Chatrier. Serving for the match, Zverez was up 30-0 but dropped the next two points for 30-all.

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Serving a second time for the match, the 23-year-old Keys let out a scream of "Come on!" when she hit a superb cross-court backhand victor to make it 40-15 and give herself another two chances for victory.



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