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French Open 2018: Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev

08 June 2018, 07:26 | Pamela Mathis

GETTYNovak Djokovic faces Fernando Verdasco on Sunday in the French Open

GETTYNovak Djokovic faces Fernando Verdasco on Sunday in the French Open

German hope Alexander Zverev experienced his third straight five-set thriller to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2018 French Open on Sunday.

The rise of the young German in the last 18 months has been impressive indeed following his first title in St Petersburg: five titles last year-including a two Masters-and two titles from four finals-including three Masters finals-so far this year.

Alexander Zverev had to come from behind once more to book his place in his first Slam quarter-final.

While Putintseva regularly lost her composure, Keys stayed calm throughout and the big-hitting American secured victory on her first match point with a powerful serve which clipped Putintseva's racket and flew into the crowd.

When the match ended on court docket Suzanne-Lenglen, Zverev sunk to his knees with arms outstretched.

For the third consecutive spherical, Zverev rallied from a 2-1 deficit in units and this time it got here in opposition to a pal from his junior days, Karen Khachanov.

Thiem defeated Zverev twice more during that clay court season, in the final in the warm-up event in Nice 6-4 3-6 6-0 and in the Roland Garros third round 6-7 6-3 6-3 6-3.

Thiem showed no mercy as he continued to dominate, racing into a 4-0 lead in a flash in the third set by mixing up his game expertly.

"I knew I'm not going to win the match".

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After looking down and out for much of the third set, second seed Zverev was sacked up by a code violation for being coached from the stands by his father Alexander Sr midway through the fourth set and he vented his anger by instantly breaking for a 4-2 lead. Thiem called their upcoming quarterfinal "the matchup most of the fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the (French Open) draw".

The statistics made bleak reading for Zverev - he finished with 42 unforced errors and just 19 winners. But he recovered to win the 4th set.

The former top-ranked Serb faces Fernando Verdasco on Court Philippe Chatrier, where he won the last of his 12 major titles in 2016. "That's what I am able to do in the last few matches, and I'm very happy about that". Their match was suspended at 3-3 in the second set.

The 13th seed admitted in the build-up that she had never watched Buzarnescu in action but quickly got to grips with the unheralded 30-year-old who was playing in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. - Williams, discussing the chest muscle injury that caused her to pull out of the French Open before she was supposed to face Sharapova.

Zverev admitted his exertions had finally caught up with him after exiting to Dominic Thiem.

Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva celebrates winning her fourth round match of the French Open against Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic in two sets 6-2, 6-0.

Cecchinato dropped the opening two sets that day against someone named Marius Copil, a Romanian ranked 94th, and then was two points from losing, right then and there.

"I'm just taking it one match at a time, and right now, considering I played nearly four hours in my last match, I felt pretty good physically today", said Djokovic.



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