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Alexander Zverev is finally realising his potential in show of stamina

08 June 2018

A worn out Alexander Zverev is out of the French Open, as Dominic Thiem reached his third successive semi-final at Roland Garros after a convincing 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 victory over the German.

It took Djokovic and Nadal - who were to be the eventual champions - to stop him in the Roland Garros semi-finals in 2016 and 2017.

Next came a straight-set win over 190th-ranked Marco Trungelliti.

Alexander Zverev's appetite for five-set marathons showed no signs of shrinking and even blisters on his toes could not stop the German from storming into his first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Karen Khachanov at the French Open yesterday.

Play was suspended due to fading light, with Russian Daria Kasatkina leading 7-6 (5) 3-3 against second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.

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The German prodigy has certainly not done things the easy way in reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final as he has had to come through three consecutive five-set matches to make it this far.

At world number 72, Cecchinato becomes the lowest-ranked man to reach the last eight in Paris since Latvian Ernests Gulbis (ranked 80) in 2008.

The "big four" of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have dominated for Majors and Masters scene for close to 15 years. "I'm not that young anymore", said Thiem. His tour-level career record was 4-23 before this season. Meanwhile, Serena Williams and Venus Williams were bagelled in the deciding set as they were dumped out of the women's doubles at the French Open yesterday by third seeds Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

The French Open quarterfinals have started on an overcast day with rain in the forecast.

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We saw a magnificent fightback from Diego Schwartzman yesterday, with the Argentine fighting back from 1-6 2-6 down (and saving match points) to beat Kevin Anderson and move into the quarter-finals.

He arrived at Roland Garros with a 0-4 mark in the majors, and dropped the first two sets in the first round before coming all the way back to win 10-8 in the fifth.

"At the end I was nervous".

In a tight first set of a match played in overcast, heavy conditions, Thiem converted the only break point off a backhand victor in the seventh game before securing the opener with an ace. "There were times when I had to go back and hit a higher ball, where maybe before I would have tried to hit a line-drive victor".

Thiem will next face second seed Alexander Zverev for a spot in his third consecutive semi-final in Paris. "So with this [aspect], I'm really happy".

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"I would think that if both players were fresh I would say that Zverev has the upper hand because a best-of-five would suit him, giving him time to figure things out", Wilander, Eurosport's lead analyst in Paris, told Reuters on Monday.

Alexander Zverev is finally realising his potential in show of stamina