Zverev battles past Khachanov into quarters

Lynette Rowe
June 8, 2018

Zverev says he spends up to four hours each day working on weights and fitness in the gym.

Unfortunately the match-up was ruined as a contest when Zverev, playing his first Grand Slam quarter-final, pulled his left hamstring midway through the second set.

Alexander Zverev jokes that it took him five sets to beat Karen Khachanov because he 'might as well stay longer for practice!'

Madison Keys celebrates victory over Yulia Putintseva.

The pair met just a few weeks ago in the Madrid Open final with Zverev winning that encounter in straight sets.

For the third consecutive round, Zverev rallied from a 2-1 deficit in sets and this time it came against a friend from his junior days, Karen Khachanov. He trailed 4-0 in the third set before getting a game. "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".

"But I hope I can win more matches here".

Strycova contributed nearly twice as many unforced errors as her opponent-33 to 18, per Flashscore.com, and dropped serve at least twice in each set.

Putintseva fought hard at the start of the second set, but Keys broke through to take a 4-3 lead with a rasping forehand return before confidently serving her way to the semi-finals.

That was the first set Nadal had dropped on clay since also losing to Thiem in Rome 12 months earlier.

The eagerly anticipated match between two of the game's young stars lasted just one hour and 50 minutes, with Thiem prevailing 6-4 6-2 6-1 on the Philippe Chatrier Court.

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The second-set tiebreaker was scrappy, Zverev clinching it with an ace to level the match.

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Her box, including three-time major victor Lindsay Davenport, rose to acclaim Keys, who lost last year's U.S. Open final to friend and countrywoman Sloane Stephens.

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His win over No. 19 seed Nishikori was surprisingly one-sided at times, particularly as he collected a bagel win in the second set, where the Japanese star's serve was nearly completely nullified by the advancing athlete.

Men's fourth round: No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat Maximilian Marterer 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (4); No. 3 Marin Cilic beat No. 18 Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-3; No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro beat No. 9 John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; No. 11 Diego Schwartzman beat No. 6 Kevin Anderson 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (0), 6-2.

Italian Marco Cecchinato, who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week, beat eighth-seeded Belgian David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-0 6-3 to reach his first major quarter-final.

"I'm just taking it one match at a time, and right now, considering I played nearly four hours in my last match, I felt pretty good physically today", said Djokovic.

The world number three said: "I thought it was a bit ridiculous, to be honest, because I was on the other side of the court".

Asked whether he could have envisioned, even as recently as April, that he would get this far at a major tournament, Cecchinato answered with one word, "No", before breaking into as wide a smile as can be.

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