Zverev prevails in third consecutive five-setter to set up Thiem clash, a long awaited matchup since the draw was announced Alexander Zverev has reached his first Slam quarterfinal the hard way, beating Karen Khachanov 4-6 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-3 6-3 for his third straight comeback win in five sets. After a marathon match that lasted three hours and 29 minutes, Zverev earned his best-ever result in a Grand Slam, having previously made it as far as the last 16 round of Wimbledon in 2017, reports Efe.
Thiem became the first Austrian to reach the last four at Roland Garros more than twice by easing to a 6-4 6-2 6-1 victory over the second seed in just an hour and 50 minutes.
Despite calling on a trainer to treat blisters on his left toes before the start of the fifth set, the world No. 3 zipped around easily to break in the opening game of the decider and finished off the 38th-ranked Russian after 31/2 hours.
Asked later about finally achieving the last eight at a major - he has won three Masters titles and makes regular appearances in quarterfinals at ATP events - Zverev offered up a mixture of sarcasm and humor, which is nothing new. No doubt there was some mental fatigue as well from playing so many five-set matches. The Romanian clawed back from 1-5 to 4-5 but Keys shut down the mini revival to serve for victory.
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.
His win over No. 19 seed Nishikori was surprisingly one-sided at times, particularly as he collected a bagel win in the second set, where the Japanese star's serve was nearly completely nullified by the advancing athlete.
"I thought about it [retiring]", Zverev admitted. The Austrian began his tournament by defeating Ilya Ivashka of Belarus in straight sets 6-2 6-4 6-1.
Zverev is a popular figure, he's had an incredible year but it wasn't really a match.
In the fourth set, too, Nishikori fought on, benefitting from Thiem's unforced errors while looking visibly frustrated at being unable to stay in rallies.
"But I hope I can win more matches here".
Khachanov had some chances in the second and again late in the match, but his forehand let him down.
He said: "I'm not concerned".
Consider that Cecchinato has never won a tour-level match on a surface other than red clay; as it is, he entered this season with a career record of 4-23 and entered this tournament with a Grand Slam record of 0-4.
"The best moment of my life", Cecchinato said. Now he faces 12-time major champion Novak Djokovic in the last eight. I remember I slid one time, and then I felt a muscle pull.
Cecchinato and Djokovic, who meet Tuesday in the quarterfinals, have crossed paths often in Monte Carlo. "I know now his game and I practiced with him. I mean, waking up in the morning, I actually felt I can play five sets again", he said.