Zverev survives Dzumhur scare; Djokovic battles through

Kristopher Nichols
June 5, 2018

Zverev had lost his last three matches that went the distance at Grand Slam level and was 4-5 in career five-set ties, though this was his first encounter that went the whole hog at Roland Garros.

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She dropped the first set against American Alison Riske 6-2, before recovering for a comfortable victory, losing just two games for the rest of the match.

Zverev struggled against the array of deft drop shots that Dzumhur used to drag the German into the net, where he was less effective, after the first set, but he eventually prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

"When he made me run, he was actually dictating the rallies", said Goffin, whose right elbow was looked at by a trainer during the match, "so it was hard for me to have the upper hand".

After his win against Dzumhur, Zverev has secured his place in the final 16 of the tournament and enters the fourth round contest at a grand slam.

Nishikori failed to make a huge comeback as the Austrian won by a 6-2 6-0 5-7 6-4 score.

"It was the first time I have won on this court and I hope there are many more to come".

He shrugged off a question about spending so much time on court, saying: "I'm young so I may as well stay on court to practice a little bit".

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Djokovic claimed a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 victory over a grieving Roberto Bautista Agut. "[It] gives me a lot of confidence".

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki walloped Georgina Garcia Perez 6-1, 6-0 in double quick time to reach the third round.

U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys has reached the quarterfinals of the French Open for the first time by beating Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-1, 6-4.

"The first two sets were unbelievable", the seventh-seeded Austrian said of the 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 win, ". then he raised his level".

Japan's Kei Nishikori has progressed to the last 16 at Roland Garros for the fourth consecutive year, defeating local favorite Gilles Simon 6-3 6-1 6-3.

"I'm a normal person, even if I am No. 1 in the world", said Halep, popular in part due to her honesty. "It's a shame, because physically I felt good", Dimitrov told reporters.

In contrast, No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov was unable to pull off back-to-back five-set wins.

But in downing the world No. 60 in mostly sunny skies in Paris, the second seed moved into the third round and thus a step closer to the benchmark last eight.

Still seeking a maiden grand slam title, Halep has lost two heartbreaking finals at the French Open, too, to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and Jelena Ostapenko past year. But I think it was a great test.

The 27-year-old Bulgarian has still never reached the fourth round in Paris and he admitted after bowing out 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4 that he will have to go back to the drawing board.

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