June 21, 2018

Alexander Zverev vs Dominic Thiem: French Open quarterfinal preview and prediction

08 June 2018, 07:27 | Kristopher Drake

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Rafael Nadal French Open Alexander Zverev

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

With his left thigh heavily strapped, the 21-year-old German was soon two sets down and looking at having to become the first player to win four consecutive five-setters if he was to make the semi-finals. But the German player also showed, once again, that he knows how to dig deep when it matters.

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When the match ended on court Suzanne-Lenglen, Zverev sunk to his knees with arms outstretched. "[At the] beginning of the fourth set I thought, okay, I can turn this match around, especially when I saved a few break points".

Dominic Thiem will next face the German world No 3 after the Austrian avoided being taken into a fifth set of his own as he thwarted a revival by Kei Nishikori to progress 6-2 6-0 5-7 6-4. He trailed 4-0 in the third set before getting a game.

"I knew I was not going to win the match".

Thiem stumbled within the Madrid Masters last to Zverev final month, although given the stage, their respective types and the latter's time spent on court docket, the seventh seed goes in as favourite. Thiem called their upcoming quarterfinal "the matchup most of the fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the (French Open) draw". He took huge cuts at the ball, some came off and some did not as he piled up a total of 42 errors for only 19 winners.

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.

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After losing the first-set tiebreaker, she started ranting at her box and struck the ground with her racket in frustration.

Novak Djokovic equaled Roger Federer's mark of reaching nine consecutive quarterfinals at Roland Garros by beating No. 30 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday. 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.

My model agreed with this line, and in short, I'd be utterly amazed if the former world number one was unable to extinguish the Italian's hopes of making his first Grand Slam semi-final, in what is his first Grand Slam quarter-final.

"I'm young, so I might as well stay on court and practise a little bit", said Zverev. - Williams, discussing the chest muscle injury that caused her to pull out of the French Open before she was supposed to face Sharapova. In all three matches, the lanky player was trailing two sets to one before making strong comebacks.

"When we get on the court, it's time to compete", Stephens said of facing her friend.

Third-seed pair of Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez survived a mid-match blip to beat Serena and Venus Williams 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-0 in the women's doubles clash.

Stephens - who performs both Caroline Wozniacki or Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday - snapped an 0-for-Four skid in French Open fourth rounds.

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