ATP Roland Garros: Alexander Zverev advances into eighth Major quarter-final

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ATP Roland Garros: Alexander Zverev advances into eighth Major quarter-final

World no. 3 Alexander Zverev is through to his eighth Major quarter-final and the fourth at Roland Garros. Alexander defeated Bernabe Zapata Miralles 7-6, 7-5, 6-3 in grueling two hours and 45 minutes, enduring all the obstacles in sets one and two and sealing the deal with a better performance in the third.

Thus, Zverev notched his 70th Major victory and remained on the course towards the first Major crown, although his draw only gets tougher. The Spaniard gave his everything against the better-ranked opponent, enjoying his career-best run at Majors and making world no.

3 run for his money in sets one and two. Zverev hit eight double faults and struggled on the second serve, like many times before. He defended seven out of 13 break points to limit the damage and avoid a disaster. Alexander stole almost half of the return points and converted eight out of nine break chances to emerge at the top and set the quarter-final duel against Carlos Alcaraz or Karen Khachanov.

Alexander Zverev is through to the quarter-final at Roland Garros.

The German had the edge in the shortest and more advanced rallies to emerge as a deserved winner and achieve another good result in Paris. Zverev broke in the encounter's opening game and held at love with an ace in the fourth for 3-1.

The Spaniard sprayed a forehand error in game five to experience another break before reducing the deficit to 4-2 in the next one. Alexander opened a 5-3 gap and served for the set in game ten when Bernabe broke him at 15 following a terrible forehand from the favorite.

The set went into a tie break, and it saw 24 points! Zverev wasted set points at 6-5 and 7-6 and fended off a couple at 7-8 and 8-9. Zapata Miralles sprayed another set point at 11-10 after Zverev's forehand winner, and the German seized the fourth set point at 12-11 to wrap up the opener in 62 minutes!

The Spaniard raised his level in the second set and produced two breaks to move 4-2 ahead. Zverev saved two more break points in the seventh game, and he started his comeback from that point. Bernabe sprayed a forehand error in the eighth game to lose serve and plague his chances.

The German survived another challenging game at 5-5 and earned the crucial break in game 12 to open two sets to love advantage. The rivals lost focus on serve and traded four straight breaks at the beginning of the third set.

Zapata Miralles locked the result at 3-3, and Zverev opened a 4-3 gap with a fine hold. Alexander grabbed the crucial break in the eighth game and held at 15 a few minutes later to rattle off three straight games and move into the quarter-final.