Match point down? What’s for lunch, muses Zverev

Jun 05, 2018, 04:34
Match point down? What’s for lunch, muses Zverev

A relieved Zverev will play Damir Dzumhur in round three as he looks to go further than ever before at Roland Garros - although he can ill afford the mistakes that delayed his latest victory.

Zverev's star shone even brighter in the buildup to the French Open when he won the title in Madrid and led Nadal by a break in the final set of the Rome finale.

"In the fourth and fifth set I really felt good out there even though I was a little bit exhausted and a little bit worn out", said Zverev, whose next opponent, 26th seed Damir Dzumhur, also went to five sets Wednesday. Djokovic then stormed through the tiebreaker 7-4 to claim the third set.

The 20th-seeded Serb is playing at his lowest seeding in a Grand Slam since 2006 having dropped to 22 in the world rankings but has now reached the last 16 of a major for the 43rd time - second on the all-time list behind Roger Federer.

And it wasn't any better for one of the ball boys.

She dropped the first set against American Alison Riske 6-2, before recovering for a comfortable victory, losing just two games for the rest of the match.

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The 30-year-old Romanian, who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week, will now face US Open runner-up Madison Keys.

He'll face a stiff test against the No. 20 seed Djokovic as he tries to make it past the fourth round for the first time.

2nd seed single women, who start the season with the Australian Open championship, Caroline Wozniacki met French Pauline Parmentier in the third round.

"I think that's the matchup most of the fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the draw", he said.

It is only the second time Zverev, who has won multiple Masters 1000 wins, moved past the third round at a grand slam and, remarkably, his first top-50 win at a major.

The 2016 champion beat 13th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-2, in a near four-hour match too sluggish for Djokovic's liking.

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While Zverev still has time to make his mark at the highest level, Thiem wants to do better right now as he is almost 25 and feels that two French Open semi-finals in 2016 and 2017 might not be enough to quench his thirst.

But he was then beaten in straight sets by Zverev in the final, two years after the Austrian prevailed in the round of 32 at Roland Garros.

"None. Mainly I was thinking what I was going to have for lunch", said a deadpan Zverev after completing his 6-2 3-6 4-6 7-6 (3) 7-5 great escape. "Hopefully big things can happen here".

Kei Nishikori advanced to the fourth round by beating Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. He was two points from the match but Dimitrov won back to back points to extend the match.

He fought back from 40-15 lead to deuce Damir's serve and had the first advantage for a break but his opponent staved it off and held.

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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