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Thiem crushes weary Zverev to make last four

08 June, 2018, 09:02 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Alexander Zverev celebrates his five-set victory against Karen Khachanov

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. He looked very exhausted and jaded in the first set and then obviously struggled with his hamstring.

He then needed four sets to overcome the talented Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas and also dropped a set against Italy's Matteo Berrettini, winning 6-3 6-7 6-2 6-3.

With the win, Zverev ended his wait for a maiden Major last-eight appearance at his 12th attempt.

Djokovic continued his solid progress too as he powered to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Spain's Fernando Verdasco, and the Serb says he knows Cecchiato quite well.

"I love these conditions; it was the first time for me on Court Philippe Chatrier not playing against Rafa, so I could enjoy the court", he joked. We trained a lot on hard court, clay courts. "And we actually trained this year before Monte-Carlo tournament".

"I thought about it [retiring]", Zverev admitted.

Such a stance is pretty reasonable in truth, and went along with the adjustments that I made to the bare numbers to find my final model price, so any stance on this match should focus on whether a bettor thinks that Zverev's accumulated fatigue has an impact in this match. "Going the hard way, going the long distance every single time and, you know, showing myself, showing everybody that I can play for as long as I need to".

"The first two sets were unbelievable but then he raised his level and it was 50-50", said Thiem of Nishikori.

The 98th-ranked Putintseva was trying to become the first player from Kazakhstan to advance to a Grand Slam semifinal. I knew I had to come out and keep swinging.


He said: "I'm not concerned".

The Austrian, who ended 10-time 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.

"It's the best, a five-set match". "Maybe it's a dream, because now I'm very, very happy for this match".

"I will make sure to be ready in two days time".

Thiem wrapped up the win following his sixth break throughout the match. I'm going to take an MRI now after I'm done here. Nearly 12 hours altogether so far.

He won just four points as Thiem raced 4-0 ahead, fighting back briefly by earning a break point at 4-1, but losing serve again in the next game as Thiem advanced with a trademark backhand victor.

The Munich and Madrid ATP champion weathered the storm and once again came through with another tiresome victory to extend his stay in Paris.

American 13th seed Madison Keys also reached her first Roland Garros quarter-final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu.Keys, the US Open runner-up to Stephens previous year, will face Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva for a place in the semi-finals, after the world number 98 saw off Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-3.

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