Djokovic, Thiem and Zverev in fourth round action

Jun 08, 2018, 07:26
Djokovic, Thiem and Zverev in fourth round action

Thiem was knocked out by Djokovic in the last four in 2016 before losing to Rafael Nadal at the same stage past year.

But in the last 12 months of so, there have been signs that another generation is gearing up for its turn-maybe not this year, but soon. The first three games lasted close to 30 minutes. Up to No3 in the world, he was seeded two in Paris, and touted as a future No1.

And in typical Zverev model, he commendably vowed to be "prepared" for his crunch conflict with Thiem.

Nadal, in the meantime, is bidding for yet one more win at Roland Garros.

He and Zverev were certainly locked in a promising rivalry thus far.

Second-seeded Alexander Zverev is facing No. 7 Dominic Thiem at Court Philippe Chatrier in a matchup between rising stars of men's tennis. "I will do everything I can to recover, as I said after the last match".

"But I hope I can win more matches here". What neither lacked was fight.

He chose to carry on, but looked nothing like the player who had been tipped by some to win Roland Garros.

Will fatigue affect Zverev after three five-setters on the trot?

The Serbian 12-time Grand Slam victor stepped it up a gear in the third and overwhelmed Verdasco with grueling groundstrokes to kill the match in two and a half hours.

(7) Dominic Thiem bt.

When he missed a simple forehand during the second-set tie-break, Djokovic pounded his racket against the ground before stomping off to unwrap a new one.

The world number three's Roland Garros marathon also left him physically drained, and he needed his left thigh strapped in the second set. The Austrian offered up a break-back point with a double fault, but compensated with remarkable reactions at the net, threw in another drop/lob combo, and led 3-1.

The conclusion came swiftly, with Zverev increasingly unable to respond in rallies.

But the German has been taken to five sets in each of his previous three encounters in the French capital and trails Thiem 4-2 in their head-to-head.

Yes, Djokovic was thrilled to get back to a ninth consecutive quarterfinal in Paris after dealing with elbow trouble for more than a year and needing surgery in February.

"He played unbelievable and credit to him".

"But right now, I mean, Roger and Rafa are dominating, but we are doing everything we can to change that".

"It's great to reach the semi-finals for a third year but it's time to take another step and I will do everything for that". I think other young guys are coming up strong.

"At the Grand Slams, there are the "Big Four".

Rafel Nadal's path to an 11th French Open title looks even smoother after Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev were sent packing.

It's something very special to serve for the French Open quarters.

Marco Cecchinato sent No. 8 seed David Goffin home with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 win in the round of 16 on Sunday.

"I have practiced with him many times in Monte-Carlo when he was part of the Ricardo Piatti Academy team, and he trained a lot where I live. I will make sure to be ready".

In the last two years, the Austrian with the flashing one-handed backhand has gone on to the semi-finals in Paris. It's his first quarterfinals.

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