Alexander Zverev has to stomach Wimbledon defeat by Ernests Gulbis

Kristopher Nichols
July 10, 2018

Alexander Zverev revealed a stomach bug left him on the verge of quitting before the world number three battled back to beat American youngster Taylor Fritz 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0/7), 6-1, 6-2 at Wimbledon on Friday.

It was a "long time coming", said the Latvian underdog, who took nearly three and a half hours to beat the young German star, 7-6 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-0.

"It's a wonderful feeling walking out there, I try to put on a good match and try hard every time, regardless of how many times I've played at Wimbledon".

"I hope I have another four to five years in me so you will still see me around", said Gulbis, who had only won one tour level match all year - in the first round of the French Open - and was ranked 138 after struggling with injuries. I was very low energy. "This match showed I can't take anything for granted".

Officially, Alexander Zverev's dreams of a first grand slam title ended after three hours and 20 minutes of gloriously unpredictable tennis with a sorrowful shake of Ernests Gulbis's hand. "I was extremely negative yesterday and just needed to come out with a very different state of mind and different approach today to have a better chance than I had yesterday". If I don't play sport, I eat two kilograms a day'.

But he got his return game going at the start of the second set and won around 43 percent of the British player's service points the rest of the way.

"I'm preparing the best I can".

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Italy's last remaining entrant in the women's competition suffered an early setback herself against Katerina Siniakova, but broke her foe twice in succession in the third set to emerge a 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2 victor.

He was beaten in the fourth round past year.

"Today in the warm-up I was actually maybe thinking about it, not to play at all".

'I was exhausted from probably having a stomach bug, not eating for over 24 hours, ' he said. But I always say the same: "Roger and Rafa Nadal are the favourites, although there are many players who can be important in the last matches too".

'I think that he's a future Grand Slam victor.

Meanwhile, South Africa's Kevin Anderson booked a place at The Championships, Wimbledon fourth round after defeating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 in two hours and seven minutes.

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