Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Alexander Zverev defeats Taylor Fritz in Wimbledon second round

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Cassandra Castillo | 11 July, 2018, 22:42

Encouraging though it is to see the 21-year-old's mental strength, it's impossible to ignore the fact Zverev has shown in recent times he could do with being more efficient, using up more energy in the second round.

"And I think that kept being in the back of my mind".

Meanwhile, two-time champion Rafael Nadal made the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Alex De Minaur of Australia which ensured he would retain the world number one spot at the end of the tournament.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev reached the third round at Wimbledon for the third year in succession when he came from 2-1 down to complete a 6-4 5-7 6-7 (0) 6-1 6-2 victory over Taylor Fritz in their suspended match on Friday.

"It's a closed court..."

"I was leading the match, I was up, and I couldn't finish it", said the 2014 semi-finalist.

"But then I thought, Well, if I don't feel well, it's going to be one set". I felt my mind go, you know, and move on. I started to play smarter. "I was seeing the ball much better".

Three-time victor Novak Djokovic made the last 16 of a Slam for the 44th time with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Kyle Edmund, the last remaining Briton. "And I actually thought I didn't play that bad - I just started to feel very exhausted".

"What can I do?"

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"Yesterday for me it was tough to play for multiple reasons", Zverev said.

"I'm in the tournament".

Despite being widely-tipped to be a Grand Slam threat, it was another letdown for Zverev whose run to the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last month remains his best performance at the majors.

His win on Saturday was his third successive five-setter having also played three matches in qualifying.

Officially, Alexander Zverev's dreams of a first grand slam title ended after three hours and 20 minutes of gloriously unpredictable tennis with a sorrowful shake of Ernests Gulbis's hand.

Kiki Bertens grabbed a decisive break in the 18th game to beat ninth-seeded Venus Williams 6-2 6-7 (5) 8-6 and reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.

Following early exits for Swiss 16th seed Borna Coric and Canadian world number 25 Denis Shapovalov, Zverev's win was a boost for the group of young prodigies branded the sport's "NextGen" stars by the ATP. If he can win in three straight sets very easily, he'll do that. "We were both struggling to be honest, it helped him to reach the tiebreak".

"I'm very happy (to make the last 16 for the first time), long time I've been chasing for that", said Monfils, who will next face South African Kevin Anderson.

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