Alexander Zverev crashes OUT of Wimbledon in shock defeat to Ernests Gulbis

Ruben Hill
July 9, 2018

Djokovic lost a tight first set in which he was broken once and failed to capitalize on any of his three break-point chances against an in-form Edmund, who narrowly outplayed the 12-time Grand Slam champion from the baseline.

"I had a stomach virus".

"I think I can be very happy today", said Federer, who will next face France's Adrian Mannarino. If I don't play sport, I eat two kilograms a day'. I was very low energy. It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set. "I hope he's going to go even further in the tournament".

"Stopping at 2-1 down was not a nice feeling but I played better than yesterday", said Zverev. "There was no going back".

Zverev's gamble paid off, but he was left confused when asked if he revelled in such a masochistic display. "I know my game, it's adapting well for this surface and I won in three sets, which is good for my body". I had break points in the beginning of the fourth. That's it. I played my match. For me, because it's such a closed court, for me the court is dark at 7.30pm.

With everything on the line, de Minaur forced Nadal into longer rallies, giving one of the trademark performances that have distinguished him as a promising young player. That's why I couldn't really see his serve. If I feel better, it might be two.

The result was particularly surprising considering that Gulbis had just one main-draw victory on the ATP World Tour this season coming into Wimbledon, where he had to battle through qualifying and now has won his first three main-draw matches.

He staged another impressive escape act against Fritz and insisted he didn't care how he got the job done.

"What can I do?"

Bad light on Wimbledon's Court One caused play to be suspended late on Thursday, with fourth seed Zverev struggling and trailing the world number 68 by two sets to one.

"I'd rather go five than lose in four, be out of here, book a flight for me to go home tomorrow". I'm playing third round tomorrow. "That's what matters for me".

Ernests Gulbis of Latvia celebrates defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men's singles match on the sixth day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday July 7, 2018.

The 36-year-old Serena faces Russian qualifier - and fellow mother - Evgeniya Rodina in the last 16.

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