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Dzumhur gives hungry Zverev food for thought

06 June, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Alexander Zverev

Late breaks in both sets gave the Bosnian the win as he reached the semifinals in China a 6-4 7-5 victor.

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.

"It was incredible, a very high-level match", Zverev said in the interview on Court Philippe Chatrier.

He was a first-round casualty in Paris a year ago and nearly came a cropper in the second round on Wednesday when he had to fight back from two sets to one down to beat Dusan Lajovic.

Germany's Alexander Zverev, right, is congratulated by Bosnia and Herzegovina's Damir Dzumhur after winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament in five sets 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, June 1, 2018. But he then picked himself up with Dzumhur's help.

No. 19 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan also continued his strong run on Friday, beating Gilles Simon in straight sets - his third straight win over a Frenchman to start the tournament.

The 34-year-old Verdasco will next face either his compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut or former champion Novak Djokovic for a quarter-final spot.

From never having won a Grand Slam match before last week, Marco Cecchinato has now won four in a row to set up a quarterfinal against Novak Djokovic.

Buzarnescu, a 30-year-old Romanian with a doctorate in sports sciences who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week, downed Ukraine's fourth seed Elina Svitolina with a shock 6-3, 7-5 victory.

Verdasco, meanwhile, got to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the seventh time.

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Zverev, who many see as the main obstacle to Rafael Nadal claiming an 11th men's French Open title, was also pushed to five sets in his previous match against the 60th-ranked Serbian, Dusan Lajovic.

U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys overcame some late-match shakiness to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros for the second time in three years.

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.

"You try to win each point, you try to win each game". Dzumhur served out the set 6-3.

That was saved by a nerveless out-wide serve from the German who held, then broke for 6-5 before claiming victory when the Bosnian hit long. In the tiebreaker, Osaka went ahead 4-1, and held set points at 6-5 and 7-6.

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

Nishikori won just 14 points in the first set and even fewer, nine, in the second, as his serve and service returns ran cold on the sun-kissed Court Philippe Chatrier.

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

In the women's draw, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki eased past Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier 6-0, 6-3.

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