Alexander Zverev ends Grand Slam hoodoo against top-50 players

Alexander Zverev ends Grand Slam hoodoo against top-50 players

Alexander Zverev ends Grand Slam hoodoo against top-50 players

Alexander Zverev has fallen in love with the Yorkshire accent after winning a gruelling second-round encounter with Dusan Lajovic at the French Open.

Second seed Alexander Zverev was forced to save a match point before beating Damir Dzumhur in five sets to reach the fourth round of the French Open.

Djokovic eased past Spanish veteran Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and will play in the last eight at Roland Garros for a record 12th time.

But he has never reached a Grand Slam quarter-final, although the longer best-of-five format has worked twice in his favour now at Roland Garros.

"Well, I'm young, so I might as well stay on court, get some practice and entertain you guys", smiled Zverev, who is bidding to become the first German man to win the French Open since 1937.

Zverev will now face Austrian Dominic Thiem, who overcame Japan's Kei Nishikori in four sets, 6-2 6-0 5-7 6-4. "All the hours in the gym have paid off".

Alexander Zverev of Germany (right) shakes hands with Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation after winning their men's round of 16 match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France.

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It so easily could have been eight, with Dzumhur leading by a break on two occasions in the critical fourth set and serving for the match at 6-5 up, while also crafting a match point on the Zverev serve deep into the decider.

It is the seventh time the world No.35 has reached the French Open fourth round, but it is the only grand slam tournament where he is yet to make the last eight.

In the women´s draw, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki eased past Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier 6-0, 6-3.

Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski and Croatia's Mate Pavic cruised into the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles tournament with a 6-2, 6-3 win over France's Eduoard Roger-Vasselin and Andrea Sestini Hlavackova of the Czech Republic on Sunday.

On the men's side, Novak Djokovic was facing Fernando Verdasco on Court Philippe Chatrier, where he won the last of his 12 major titles in 2016.

American 13th seed Madison Keys also reached her first Roland Garros quarter-final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Keys next faces unseeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, who beat 26th-seeded Czech Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-3.

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