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Alexander Zverev Overcomes Khachanov Scare To Score French Open Milestone

The world No.3 has now achieved his best ever run in a grand slam.

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Second Seed Alexander Zverev has broken new ground in grand slam tennis after defeating Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open for the first time in his career.

The world No.3 was pushed to his limits by his Russian rival, who was participating in a grand slam main draw for the seventh time in his career. Zverev’s hot and cold display on the court mirrored his other matches earlier on in the tournament, but once again he managed to prevail with clinical ending.  Hitting 17 aces and 63 winners along with 51 unforced errors.

 

“I’m young, so I might as well stay on the court and practice a little bit.” Zverev joked about the length of his matches at Roland Garros.
“Luckily for me this was a best-of-five sets match because I have been two-sets-to-one down every single time and I managed to come back.”

Seeking revenge for a straight sets loss to the German in 2016, Khachanov got off to the perfect start by breaking immediately. Although the lead didn’t last for long as his rival battled back to draw level during the roller-coaster clash. With both players having a dominant serve, the biggest factor for both of them concerned their mental strength. As Kachanov moved to a 5-4 lead on serve, Zverev succumbed. Hitting a backhand into the net on set point.

A change in momentum occurred during the second set after a 16-point run in Zverev’s favour. Placing him in a prime position to level the proceedings. However, once again the German came undone as Khachanov battled back to level 5-5 before forcing a tiebreak. It wasn’t until the tiebreaker where Zverev illustrated why he is a three-time Masters 1000 champion. Displaying great athletic ability for a player of 6”6’ to regain the advantage and eventually close the set out.

The effort invested by Zverev to level up appeared to have taken its toll on him. Once again, it was Khachanov who went back into the lead as he dominated the third set. Claiming 31 out of the 50 points played with the help of a double break in his favour. Sparking alarm bells in the Zverev camp.

The comeback

Ironically the turning point in the match was triggered by a warning issued to the 21-year-old by the umpire. Midway through the fourth frame he was handed a code violation for coaching. Bemused by the situation, the fired-up German channeled it into a resurgence on the court as he went on to claimed three out of the next four games to force a decider.

Avoiding the scare and another heartbreaking loss in a major, Zverev held his nerve to cross the finish line. It was just a sole break at the start of the decider that sealed the outcome of the match. On his first match point, the German was triumphant after a Khachanov forehand slammed into the net.

“This has definitely paid off, all the hours in the gym.” The second seed said after the match. “ Me and my brother (Mischa), we spend about 3-4 hours in the gym every day. Lifting heavy weights, running, doing treadmill stuff. So, this all pays off and this is the reason why we do it. I’m unbelievably happy to have a team that I have.”

At the age of 21, Zverev is the youngest French Open quarter-finalist in the men’s draw for nine years. This month is his 15th appearance in the main draw of a major.

“I’m really happy to be here in the quarter-finals, but the draw doesn’t get easier and I have to prepare myself as best as I can and see how it goes in the next few days.” He said.

Zverev will take on Dominic Thiem in the last eight in what will be a repeat of this year’s Madrid Open final. On that occasion he prevailed in straight sets.

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Christian Garin extends his winning streak to ten consecutive matches in Santiago de Chile

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Chile’s Christian Garin beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2 0-6 7-6 (7-4) in the quarter final in Santiago de Chile after two hours to extend his winning streak to 10 consecutive matches including six three-set matches. Garin, who won two titles this year in Cordoba and Rio de Janeiro, will take on Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild in the quarter final.

 

Garin converted on six of his seven break points. The Chilean started the opening set with three consecutive breaks and closed it out with a hold at love thanks to an ace in the eighth game.

Davidovich Fokina broke three times to take a bagel in the second set. Garin fended off two break points at 2-3 and earned a break at 15 in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Garin wasted two match points at 5-4 as he was serving at 5-4. Alejandro Fokina broke back with a drop shot to draw level to 5-5. Garin got another break in the 11th game after a double fault from Davidoch Fokina. The Spanish Next Gen player broke back in the 12th game to set up a tie-break. Garin clinched the breaker 7-4 with a forehand winner.

“This is a very important tournament for me. I hope I can play here every year. I want to compete well here after winning in the past two tournaments. I have won several matches. I have a lot of confidence. I feel the responsibility of always winning and much more in Chile. The crowd’s support helped me a lot. After the second set I started to feel pain in my back. I wasn’t feeling good, but the people’s support was important. It was nice to see the crowd helping me when I came down”,said Garin.

Thiago Seyboth Wild edged Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 in 1 hour and 45 minutes. Seyboth Wild never faced a break point and converted one of his six break points to clinch the win in straight sets. Londero saved all three break points in the opening set, including two set points at 5-6 to set up a tie-break. The Argentine earned a set point with a service winner.

Seyboth Wild fended off the set point with an ace. Londero did not convert a second set point at 7-7 after a forehand error. Thiago Seyboth sealed the tie-break with a backhand down the line winner. The Brazilian player earned a break in the third game of the second set with a forehand down the line winner and lost six points in five service games and closed out the match with a service winner in the 10th game.

Seyboth Wild reached the second round in Rio de Janeiro earlier this month

Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro beat Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 23 minutes. The Brazilian player saved all three break points chances and broke three times to reach his second quarter final of the season after Buenos Aires.

Monteiro will face Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas, who beat lucky loser Juan Pablo Varillas 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 in one hour and 39 minutes. The Spanish player rallied from 3-5 down in the first set and fended off a set point at 4-5 to clinch the tie-break of the opening set 7-3.

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Novak Djokovic saves three match points to reach the final in Dubai

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This year’s Australian Open champion and four-time Dubai winner Novak Djokovic came back from losing the first set to beat Gael Monfils 2-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-1 after 2 hours and 35 minutes at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament. He will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in tomorrow’s final.

 

Monfils wasted a chance of defeating Djokovic for the first time in 16 head-to-head matches, when he did not convert three match points at 6-3 in the tie-break of the second set.

Djokovic dropped his serve three times in the first and second set and went down a set and a break in the second set.

Monfils dropped six points on his serve and broke Djokovic twice to win the first set 6-2. Djokovic saved a break point in the first game of the opening set before dropping his serve in a marathon third game, when he hit his backhand long. Monfils hit a service winner to open up a 3-1 lead. The Frenchman earned another break in the seventh game after a drop shot error from Djokovic. Monfils sealed the opening set 6-2 with a service winner in the eighth game after 45 minutes.

Monfils went up a set and a break in the third game of the second set at love after a loose forehand from Djokovic. Monfils earned a break with a forehand crosscourt winner. Djokovic broke straight back to draw level to 3-3 in the sixth game after Monfils netted a forehand. Djokovic held serve with an ace for 4-3. Monfils won his service game in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Djokovic held his third consecutive service game to take a 5-4 lead, but he wasted a set point in the next game with a loose forehand.

Djokovic earned five set points in the second set, but Monfils saved them to set up a tie-break. Monfils forced an error from Djokovic to take a 4-2 lead and hit a backhand down the line winner in the eighth game. Monfils brought up three match points with a forehand winner, but Djokovic saved them to draw level to 6-6.

Monfils fended off a set point at 6-7 with a service winner. Djokovic earned a mini-break, but he made a forehand error in the next point. Djokovic earned his eighth set point at 8-8 and converted it, as Monfils made his sixth double fault.

Djokovic earned two consecutive breaks in the third and fifth games and closed out the match with his third break at 5-1 in the seventh game with a forehand winner to complete the come-back setting up a final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“It’s anybody game really. Stefanos has won eight matches in a row now from last week in France winning the Marseille title, now playing more or less every single day, which is quite impressive. It’s not easy. I hope I can recover. I hope I can be atm y best be at my best because I need to start better than I have tonight. Hopefully I can get a title. Today I just wasn’t taking my chances when I was having rallies on those first five set points. That kind of turned around from 3-6 in the tie-break. From that moment onwards I felt I was going through the ball better”, said Djokovic.  

 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches the final in Dubai for the second consecutive year

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Daniel Evans 6-2 6-3 in 1 hour and 21 minutes in the semifinal of the Dubai Duty Free Championships to reach the final at this tournament for the second consecutive year. Tsitsipas will play his second consecutive final one week after lifting the Open 13 Trophy in Marseille.

 

Tsitsipas converted on four of his ten break points and did not face a break point. The Greek player has dropped just one of the 17 sets he has played since arriving in Marseille last week.

Tsitsipas earned his first break with a backhand winner in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead and consolidated it with a hold at love. Tsitsipas converted his second break point in a three-deuce seventh game after a forehand error from Evans before claiming the first set in the eighth game with an ace after 34 minutes.

Evans saved four break points at the start of the second set. Tsitsipas earned an early break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead and backed it up with a service winner for 3-1.

Tsitsipas held serve for 5-3 before closing out the second set with his fourth break in the ninth game.

Tsitsipas finished runner-up to Roger Federer in the final of last year’s edition of the Dubai tournament. Tomorrow the Athens native player will face either Novak Djokovic or Gael Monfils.

“I just managed to stay solid throughout the whole match. I didn’t have massive breakdowns and just played a quality of tennis which I enjoyed. I am really impressed by the quality of my game today and I really hope to bring the same and probably better in the next round”, said Tsitsipas.

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