Alexander Zverev battles back to overcome severe test of French Open credentials
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 05, 2018,
Jun 05, 2018, 4:37
After his win against Dzumhur, Zverev has secured his place in the final 16 of the tournament and enters the fourth round contest at a grand slam. 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. But he picked himself up with Dzumhur's help, and play resumed.
She trailed Destanee Aiava 5-2 in the first set of her first match in Melbourne and saved three match points in the third round against Lauren Davis.
This is just the second time that Zverev has reached the final 16 at a Grand Slam, after Wimbledon past year.
Zverev, 21, who is seen as the main threat to Rafael Nadal's expected coronation as champion for an 11th time, endured a nightmare outing on Court Philippe Chatrier before claiming victory after nearly four hours of play. That 4-hour, 19-minute victory might have taken something out of Dimitrov, who fell to 0-15 when trailing by two sets in a match at a major.
Second seed Caroline Wozniacki eased into the fourth round with a crushing 6-0, 6-3 victory over local hope Pauline Parmentier.
Two different ladies's contenders, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina, superior in straight units towards Lara Arruabarrena (6-Zero 6-4) and Viktoria Kuzmova (6-Three 6-4).
Said Zverev, when asked what was going through his mind about playing another five-setter: "Mainly, I was thinking [about] what I was going to have for lunch". "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".
More likely, he won't fuss too much over the details, including that Dzumhur entered the French Open with a losing record this year.
The Japanese was defeated by No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem in the last-16.
Novak Djokovic's target practice often failed to hit the bullseye but that did not prevent the Serbian eking out a 7-6 (1) 6-4 6-4 second round win over Spanish qualifier Jaume Munar at the French Open on Wednesday. Khachanov has now won nine of the 10 sets played in this tournament and has a chance for this to be his breakthrough grand slam appearance at just 22 years old.
"I made the final of the U.S. Open but lost to my friend Sloane Stephens", the 23-year-old Keys said. A missed opportunity in the eighth game could have proved costly but when Lajovic twice went long the match was tied up.
Kei Nishikori advanced to the fourth round by beating Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. The Austrian, who ended 10-times French Open champion Nadal's streak of 50 consecutive sets won on clay in Madrid, broke decisively for 4-3 in the fourth set with a trademark forehand victor. But Bautista Agut fought back and claimed the break back in the seventh game.
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.
He seems more equipped for the former now than ever.