Match point down? What is for lunch, muses Zverev

Match point down? What is for lunch, muses Zverev

Match point down? What is for lunch, muses Zverev

Dimitrov did win the ATP Tour Finals in London past year, but his wait for a grand slam title still goes on.

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The drama continued into the fifth set when Zverev led 4-2 only for Dzumhur to break back and go 5-4.

He was pushed all the best way by Spanish qualifier Jaume Munar - mentored by Nadal, his fellow Mallorcan - earlier than advancing 7-6 (7-1) 6-Four 6-4.

Zverev produced some stunning tennis in the closing stages of a dramatic fourth-round victory and will next face Dominic Thiem who reached a third successive quarter-final in Paris by seeing off Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.

Zverev has yet to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam but his huge talent told in the end against the world number 60.

The last women's player to start her first-round match - rain contributed to that - was world No. 1 Simona Halep and the Romanian recovered from a slow start to dispatch another American, Alison Riske, 2-6 6-1 6-1 to start play on the main Philippe-Chatrier court.

She dropped serve five times and made 29 unforced errors, bowing out on the first match point when she buried another forehand into the net.

She trailed Destanee Aiava 5-2 within the first set of her first match in Melbourne and saved three match factors within the third spherical towards Lauren Davis.

The Serbian has now made the second week at Roland Garros for the last nine years in a row.

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Elina Svitolina saw off debutante Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round.

The exchange lightened the mood for Zverev who is becoming increasingly impatient of being asked when he will make a breakthrough at the majors to match his impressive efforts on the ATP Tour. "It doesn't matter how much time I'll spend on court", Zverev said.

More likely, he won't fuss too much over the details, including that Dzumhur entered the French Open with a losing record this year.

Eighth seed Petra Kvitova eased into the third round with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Spain's Lara Arruabarrena on Court One.

For the second time in three days Alexander Zverev found himself two-sets-to-one down at the French Open and his poor run at the Grand Slams looked set to continue as he put his nearest and dearest through the wringer for more than three hours. "Hopefully big things can happen here".

They were playing their match later Sunday on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Finally, #12 seed Sam Querrey lost to Gilles Simon in four sets after quickly winning the first 6-1.

In the women's draw, US Open runner-up Madison Keys beat Japanese 21st seed Naomi Osaka 6-1, 7-6 (9/7). But Buzarnescu fought back to break Keys and then clenched her fist after holding for 5-4.

Dzumhur had match point on Zverev's serve at 5-4 in the final set. He was two points from the match but Dimitrov won back to back points to extend the match.

He seems more equipped for the former now than ever.

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