Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Zverev, Dimitrov seek breakthroughs at French Open

Alexander Zverev Alexander Zverev has won 32 matches this season more than any other male player
Isaac Mcdaniel | 06 June, 2018, 01:40

Eighth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium leads Frenchman and No. 32 seed Gael Monfils, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 3-2, while 15th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France dropped the first two sets to Russian Karen Khachanov and trails 3-6, 5-7, 1-1.

But the 31st-seeded Buzarnescu, a Romanian with a PhD in sports science, continued the surge that has seen her rise almost 350 spots in the rankings over the past year. In the fifth, the circumstances were more dire: Zverev faced a match point. Serving the ninth game, Dzumhur saved a break point and immediately held advantage point to win 5-4.

Alexander Zverev survived another tense five-setter at the French Open on Friday, rallying in the fourth and fifth sets to defeat Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 at Roland Garros. But he picked himself up with Dzumhur's help, and play resumed.

Japan's Kei Nishikori, seeded 19th, made short work of Frenchman Gilles Simon as he cruised into the fourth round.

Novak Djokovic equaled Roger Federer's mark of reaching nine consecutive quarterfinals at Roland Garros by beating No. 30 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

The Sarajevo-born underdog had the bit between his teeth, one of several dexterous drop shots and a forehand victor down the line putting him a break up at 4-3 - an advantage he pressed home to level it up at one set apiece.

Mihaela Buzarnescu, making her French Open main draw debut, pulled off a 6-3 7-5 upset win over fourth seed Ukrainian Elina Svitolina. That 4-hour, 19-minute victory might have taken something out of Dimitrov.

In the third, the Spaniard kept Djokovic on the baseline to lead 3-1 but the 12th seed broke back via a superb drop shot.

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Alexander Zverev was thinking about what he would have for lunch as Damir Dzumhur showed the hunger to dish up a major French Open test to the second seed on Friday. He also had to save a match point in the 11th game of the decider before breaking to punch his ticket for the final 16.

In the fourth set, his opponent served for the victory. But Zverev - at 6-foot-6 (1.98 meters), he is 9 inches (20 centimeters) taller than Dzumhur - came up with the goods, a 118 miles per hour service victor.

"You're trying to win that exact point to be able to continue the match".

But Zverev held his nerve to force a tiebreak, which he won comfortably and eventually prevailed in the final set to book his first trip to the last 16 of the tournament.

Dimitrov is playing left-hander Fernando Verdasco on Court 1.

Spanish 13th seed Bautista Agut was beaten by the former champion in four sets, just a week after his mother Ester passed away.

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

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