Tennis: Alexander Zverev is within the quarterfinals of the French Open | EUROtoday

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Olympic tennis champion Alexander Zverev has received the spherical of 16 match of the French Open towards the Dane Holger Rune. The 27-year-old received 4:6, 6:1, 5:7, 7:6 (7:2), 6:2 and is now within the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam event in Paris.

“Holger is an incredible player, a great talent. I'm happy that I got through,” mentioned Zverev in an interview on Court Philippe Chatrier. Zverev's victory was not confirmed till 1:40 a.m. after 4:11 hours of play.

Rune performed with plenty of selection and rhythm adjustments. After shedding the primary set, Zverev misplaced his slight passivity, and his beforehand weaker second serve additionally stabilized. After the German deservedly equalized the set, each opponents usually had nice issue getting their serve video games by means of. But they fought arduous and supplied a top-class duel. “Everything they have is left on the court,” enthused Eurosport knowledgeable Boris Becker: “That's great sport.” In the final set, Zverev was at his finest, whereas Rune usually acted too hectically.

In the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Zverev will face Australian Alex De Minaur, who surprisingly beat Russian world quantity 5 Daniil Medvedev 4:6, 6:2, 6:1, 6:3 in the course of the day.

Novak Đoković wins towards Francisco Cerúndolo

The match between Zverev and Rune began greater than an hour later than deliberate as a result of the Serb Novak Djokovic had beforehand additionally prompted a five-set drama. It took 4:39 hours for his 6:1, 5:7, 3:6, 7:5, 6:3 spherical of 16 victory towards the Argentine outsider Francisco Cerúndolo to turn out to be sure. As within the earlier spherical, defending champion Đoković fought again from a 1:2 set deficit – this time even handicapped by a knee damage at first of the second set.

It will not be sure whether or not Đoković will have the ability to compete within the quarterfinals because of the damage. “I don't know what will happen tomorrow or the day after, whether I will be able to go on the court and play,” mentioned the 37-year-old. Đoković would then need to compete towards final yr's finalist Casper Ruud from Norway, who beat the American Taylor Fritz 7:6 (8:6), 3:6, 6:4, 6:2.