Wimbledon: Alexander Zverev battles illness to stay in contention

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

Zverev's tournament almost ended before it got started when in his second round match against American Taylor Fritz, though.

The world No 44 from France will next meet another big server in Kevin Anderson, who overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-5 7-5.

Meanwhile, two-time champion Rafael Nadal made the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Alex De Minaur of Australia which ensured he would retain the world number one spot at the end of the tournament.

The same was true for Roger Federer, who saw off Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets to reach the second week of the tournament for the 16th time in his career.

His win on Saturday was his third successive five-setter having also played three matches in qualifying. The match today showed I can't take anything for granted. It's great to watch him, ' Zverev said.

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

Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova came back from a set down to beat Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu 3-6 7-6 (3) 6-1 in the third round.

It will be Hsieh's first appearance in the last 16 at Wimbledon where she will face Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

A win in last 16 could see him potentially face 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I'm going to get out with a win, I thought that honestly.

Halep was left to rue her lost opportunities. I mean, he doesn't give his opponents anything. Next, the Swiss star faces French 22nd seed Adrian Mannarino for a place in the quarterfinals.

A swift break of serve on Friday put Zverev on his way to claiming the fourth set, which he did with aplomb.

But the Serb managed to refocus after a lengthy complaint to umpire Jake Garner.

"I actually started off well".

Djokovic next plays Russian world number 40 Karen Khachanov.

Frenchman Gael Monfils reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time in 10 appearances, beating last year's semi-finalist Sam Querrey 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-2.

German Julia Goerges, who had lost in the opening round in her previous five Wimbledon appearances, edged past Czech Barbora Strycova 7-6 (3) 3-6 10-8 in just under three hours on Court Two.

The status quo has been challenged like never before in the women's singles, with nine of the top 10 seeds crashing out before the Wimbledon last 16 for the first time in the Open area.

Tsitsipas, seeded 31st, becomes the first Greek man to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam.

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