Zverev battles past Fritz into Wimbledon's 3rd round

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Viewed as a capable successor to the era of the big four, Alexander Zverev is hoping to finally win a Grand Slam. "Thought I'd go out there and try".

I won 6-1, 6-2 fourth and fifth.

Venus, seeded ninth, was beaten 6-2 6-7 (5) 8-6 by Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens on Court One. "I thought I did very well today", said the 36-year-old 20-time Slam victor.

He staged another impressive escape act on Court One, winning the final two sets to move into the third round. "I feel 100 percent comfortable with contacts. I don't think I did a good job of keeping in the moment and playing the person who was in front of me". I started to play smarter. After the second set, I actually went to throw up during the toilet break, which then I felt a little bit better. "It's the most special court for me, hundreds of thousands must have come to see me play here".

Nadal stormed to a 6-1 lead in just 33 minutes based on the strength of two service breaks, while remaining untouchable on serve, as he faced no break points during the opener.

"Stopping yesterday two sets to one down was not a nice feeling, I came out today and knew I would have chances", said Zverev, who will face Latvia's Ernests Gulbis in the third round on Saturday.


Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina outplayed an erratic Madison Keys in a 7-5 5-7 6-4 victory to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.

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

In fact, tennis writer Ben Rothenberg wrote it was the fourth time in his last five wins at a major that he had to play the maximum five sets.

In bombarding Zverev with drop shots, an aspect of the game the German struggles with, particularly as his backhand slice would be a weakness, Gulbis demonstrated a calm and steely determination in stark contrast to his unpredictable demeanour for which he is perhaps best known.

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. Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I'm going to get out with a win.

"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. "We were both struggling to be honest, it helped him to reach the tiebreak".

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