Thursday, 21 June, 2018

French Open 2018 - Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev Preview

Alexander Zverev celebrates his five-set victory against Karen Khachanov Alexander Zverev celebrates his five-set victory against Karen Khachanov
Isaac Mcdaniel | 08 June, 2018, 09:06

There already has been rain at Roland Garros on Tuesday, and there is more in the forecast, so it could be a stop-and-start afternoon.

But the greater power of Keys paid dividends in the breaker, as the American finally took the opener on her fourth set point with her 18th victor.

Play was suspended due to fading light, with Russian Daria Kasatkina leading 7-6 (5) 3-3 against second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.

"I don't know if I'm going to play on grass", Djokovic, who won the last of his 12 Grand Slam titles in Paris two years ago, told reporters crowded into a small interview room after he declined the opportunity to use a much larger one.

"Well, I'm young, so I might as well stay on court, get some practice and entertain you guys", smiled Zverev, who is bidding to become the first German man to win the French Open since 1937.

The "big four" of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have dominated for Majors and Masters scene for close to 15 years. "I definitely thought about it", said Zverev.

Cecchinato has never won a tour-level match on a surface other than red clay; as it is, he entered this season with a career record of 4-23. Meanwhile, Serena Williams and Venus Williams were bagelled in the deciding set as they were dumped out of the women's doubles at the French Open yesterday by third seeds Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

This year, he ended the 10-time French Open champion's 21-match and 50-set clay court win streak in Madrid.

We saw a magnificent fightback from Diego Schwartzman yesterday, with the Argentine fighting back from 1-6 2-6 down (and saving match points) to beat Kevin Anderson and move into the quarter-finals.

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"I hope we have many more matches at the Grand Slams, but when we are 100 per cent".

Seventh seed Dominic Thiem booked a place in the quarter-finals for a third straight year, defeating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-0 5-7 6-4 on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

But the German gathered himself, taking a tie break as the momentum swung back in his favour.That proved a false dawn for Zverev, though, as Khachanov eased through the third set with some powerful hitting.But Zverev, as he did in his wins over Dusan Lajovic and Damir Dzumhur, forced a decider, sealing the set with an ace after saving two break points.

"At the end I was nervous".

"It's something very special to serve for the French Open quarters", the Austrian player said after clinching his game-winning point.

"I remember I slid one time, and then I felt a muscle pull".

U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys overcame Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-4 in just over an hour to reach her first quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

"I really just had to focus because Yulia was playing so well, I knew I just had to make a few more balls", said Keys, who is yet to drop a set in the tournament.

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