Comeback king Zverev and Djokovic into French Open quarters

Elena Summers
June 5, 2018

Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates winning against Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation during their men's round of 16 match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France.

The 31-year-old former world number one struggled at times on Suzanne Lenglen court, but eventually came through the four-set battle in three hours and 48 minutes.

"I think that's the matchup most of the fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the draw", he said.

Buzarnescu, a 30-year-old Romanian with a doctorate in sports sciences who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week, downed Ukraine´s fourth seed Elina Svitolina with a shock 6-3, 7-5 victory.

"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.

Clearly this was incidental contact, but Dzumhur ended up with the loss to the No. 2 seeded Zverev in five sets. "All the hours in the gym have paid off".

The second seed, a quarter-finalist in Paris previous year, will face Daria Kasatkina for a place in the last eight after the Russian beat Maria Sakkari 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.


Zverev, whose previous Grand Slam best was reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon a year ago, said he spends up to four hours each day working on weights and fitness in the gym. At the start of the fifth set, he had a medical timeout for treatment for an apparent blister on his left foot. Cecchinato had never won a match at a Grand Slam event before this year's tournament at Roland Garros.

He broke immediately for a 1-0 lead and jumped around on court, waving his arms to get the crowd going.

If she wins that match, Keys could meet Stephens in the semifinals.

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

Stephens, the 10th seed, had previously made the fourth round for four successive seasons and will next play either Australian Open champion and second seed Caroline Wozniacki or Russia's Daria Kasatkina.

Yulia Putintseva strode to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over 26th seed Barbora Strycova, and she'll face Keys in the quarters.

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