Zverev rues injury after Thiem ends Paris hopes

Tanya Simon
June 7, 2018

Dominic Thiem made it to a third straight French Open semifinal after swatting aside second-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday.

Cut to the women's fourth round, where Keys beat Buzarnescu 6-1, 6-4 despite showing some wobbling signs in the second set.

The fourth set saw a pivotal momentum change as Khachanov failed to take advantage of two break points in the fifth game before Zverev secured a break in the following game, before the second seed saved a further two break points to force a deciding set.

234 - Number of Grand Slam match wins for Nadal, moving him past Jimmy Connors for third among men in history, behind only Roger Federer (332) and Novak Djokovic (244).

His victory over 26th seed Dzumhur was his first in a Grand Slam against a player ranked in the top 40 and his win over Russian youngster Khachanov meant he finally reached the last eight of a major at the 12th attempt.

Zverev becomes the first player at the French to win three straight 5-set matches since Tommy Robredo in 2013.

Despite saving the point with a ruthless serve after his disagreement with the umpire, Zverev surrendered the first set lead to Khachnov with a netted backhand.

Alexander Zverev must beware of mental fatigue after three five-set matches in a row when he takes on Dominic Thiem in a much-anticipated French Open quarter-final clash tomorrow, said three-time Roland Garros champion Mats Wilander.

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"At the end I was nervous". Nishikori rallied in the third game, which went to deuce five times before he was broken again and won just two points over the final three games. Prior to the event, my data had Zverev as marginally the better player on clay in the last 12 months, enough to make him a [1.80] - [1.90] priced favourite.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic with Spain's Fernando Verdasco after winning their fourth round match.

"For me, " he continued, "this is the best moment of my life".

"I think for me it's time to move on to make a great step, because I'm turning 25 (in September)". Nadal and Federer have returned from injury and surgery respectively to dominate the scene since early a year ago, topping the ranks, winning the last five Majors between them, with Nadal favourite to win his 11th French Open this week. Physically, obviously it's not easy to play, you know, back to back to back five-set matches, but I will manage it somehow.

For the former champion, though, it was not to be as he came up against the unseeded Marco Cecchinato in blistering form, and lost a gruelling and highly intense four-setter, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (11). Incredibly, this was nearly replicated by Fabio Fognini, who looked down and out after two sets, only to take his match with Marin Cilic to a decider, which eventually was taken by the Croat. I think he rose his level in set three and four.

"I don't know. I don't know what I'm going to do". At 9-8, Djokovic flubbed a forehand, knelt and clasped his hands together as if praying, then raised an index finger as if to plea, "Let me have ONE of these!"

Too often, however, Thiem was able to place shots just out of Nishikori's reach.

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