Alexander Zverev will be Grigor Dimitrov’s opponent in the Round of 16 at Roland Garros.
The German star achieved a very difficult victory against Frances Tiafoe in last night’s Philippe Chatrier match after a turnaround and 3:1 set – 3:6, 7:6(3), 6:1, 7:6(5) in 3 hours and 45 minutes of play.
Zverev spent much more time on court than Dimitrov and had to overcome a difficult start in which the American played better and won the first set after two late breaks.
In the second, Tiafoe came back from a break point and saved four chances before the tiebreak. There, at the end, he appeared to be damaged after a ball around the line that was not checked by the umpire. Zverev took the tiebreak with 7:3.
Tiafoe broke early in the third set, but then collapsed and lost six straight games.
In the fourth, he improved his game again and at 5:3 he was a game away from scoring the match in the fifth set, but he failed and allowed a rebreak. A new tiebreak was reached, in which Zverev showed stronger nerves and won with 7:5 points.
On Monday, he will play for the fifth time against Grigor Dimitrov, having so far 3 wins and 1 loss. Their only meeting on clay came in Rome in 2016 when Zverev won 2-0 in the set.
The other results of the day:
Casper Ruud (Norway) – Jean Zhizhen (China) 4:6, 6:4, 6:1, 6:4
Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan) – Thiago Seibot Wild (Brazil) 3:6, 7:6, 2:6, 6:4, 6:0
Tomas Echeverri (Argentina) – Borna Coric (Croatia) 6:3, 7:6, 6:2
Nicolas Jarry (Chile) – Marcos Giron (USA) 6:2, 6:3, 6:7, 6:3
Holger Rune (Denmark) – Gennaro Olivieri (Argentina) 6:4, 6:1, 6:3
Francisco Cerundolo (Argentina) – Taylor Fritz (USA) 3:6, 6:3, 6:4, 7:5