French Open 2018: Alexander Zverev beats Karen Khachanov in five sets

Marcus Newton
June 5, 2018

The 28-year-old, seeded 19 in his first Grand Slam since Wimbledon last year after struggling with a wrist injury, saw off Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

World number 38 Khachanov has now lost at the last-16 stage at Roland Garros twice in a row, while Zverev ended his wait for a maiden major last-eight appearance at the 12th attempt.

Dzumhur, seeded 26th, had a match point on Zverev's serve at 5-4 in the final set.

"I'm young. I might as well stay on court and entertain you guys", Zverev, 21, joked with the crowd. Elsewhere, Thiem bested Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 in their fourth-round duel.

(2) Alexander Zverev bt. "All the hours in the gym have paid off".

He will face French No.15 seed Lucas Pouille or Karen Khachanov in the fourth round.

Zverev started the final set in fine fashion as he consolidated an immediate break with a serviced hold and avoided facing any break points to secure a notable success.

"I think psychologically that is a big, big breakthrough for Zverev today".

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But the 36-year-old's serve remains a formidable weapon, helping her take the first set after a tie-break. She also dedicated the look to all mothers recovering from tough pregnancies.

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"Obviously. making the fourth round four times or whatever is pretty good, but to finally get over that hump of quarter-finals feels very nice", she said.

Stephens next plays either Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki - seeded second - or 14th-seeded Russian Daria Kasatkina.

Djokovic claimed a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 victory over a grieving Roberto Bautista Agut.

In women's singles, 13th-seeded Madison Keys and fellow American Sloane Stephens reached the quarter-finals for the first time at Roland Garros.

"First week, my goal is to get to the second week", said 23-year-old Keys.

Serbia´s Novak Djokovic (R) is congratulated by Spain´s Roberto Bautista Agut at the end of their men´s singles third round match, on day six of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open in Paris on June 1, 2018.

Zverev, who won back-to-back titles in Munich and Madrid during the clay court season, becomes the youngest quarter-finalist at Roland Garros since Juan Martin del Potro in 2009.

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