Alexander Zverev tops Holger Rune in late-night Roland Garros thriller

Alexander Zverev and Holger Rune battled until 1:40 am!

by Jovica Ilic
Alexander Zverev tops Holger Rune in late-night Roland Garros thriller
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Alexander Zverev will compete in his sixth Roland Garros quarter-final in the previous seven years. The German survived a stern Holger Rune test on Court Phillipe-Chatrier, beating the Dane 4-6, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6, 6-2 in four hours and 11 minutes, sealing the deal at 1:40 am!

Zverev is 10-1 in five-setters in Paris, keeping his composure in the closing stages of the fourth set and outplaying the younger opponent in the decider. Alexander clinched 22 points more than Holger, firing 16 aces and outplaying his rival behind the first serve.

Zverev clinched 43% of the return points and turned them into 23 break opportunities. The German converted only eight, but it was enough to send him over the top after getting broken six times. They fired the same number of winners, and Alexander sprayed fewer unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and outplaying his opponent in the pivotal moments.

Alexander Zverev, Roland Garros 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Zverev had the upper hand in the shortest rallies, and they stayed neck and neck in the mid-range and most extended exchanges combined.

The opening set was decided in the middle games, with Rune scoring a decisive break to move in front. Alexander fired an ace in the first game of the encounter, holding at 15 and adding his name to the scoreboard. They served well in the next three games, with Rune locking the result at 2-2 after Zverev's backhand error.

The German faced issues behind the initial shot in the fifth game, facing three break points and falling on the second after a massive forehand error that sent his rival 3-2 in front. Alexander attacked in the sixth game and generated three break points.

The Dane defended them and closed the game with a volley winner at the net, cementing the lead and moving 4-2 ahead.

Alexander Zverev, Roland Garros 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Alexander Zverev took down Holger Rune in five sets at Roland Garros.

Zverev landed an ace in the seventh game, and Rune responded with another volley winner in the next one for 5-3, keeping the pressure on the other side.

Holger served for the opener at 5-4 and landed an ace down the T line, wrapping up the first set after 47 minutes. Alexander stepped in and grabbed a couple of breaks at the beginning of the second set for an early lead. Rune squandered game points in the second game and got broken after a forced error.

The Dane wasted a 40-15 lead in the fourth game and suffered another break, sending the German 4-0 ahead. Alexander lost serve in the fifth game before landing a backhand down the line winner in the next one, delivering his third straight break and forging a 5-1 advantage.

The German fired a powerful serve in the seventh game, closing the set in style and leveling the overall score. Rune saved a break point in the first game of the third set and clinched a break in the next one after Zverev's loose forehand.

Holger Rune, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Alexander responded with a forehand down the line winner in game three, pulling the break back and returning to the positive side. The servers were too strong in the next seven games, dropping a couple of points and offering returners no chances.

Zverev served to stay in the set at 4-5 with a hold at love after a powerful serve and created two break chances in the next one. Holger denied them with winners and gained a boost. Alexander netted a routine volley in the 12th game, facing three set points and playing a terrible volley on the second, sending Holger two sets to one in front after two hours and 22 minutes.

Zverev covered the net nicely in the third game of the fourth set, securing a break and creating two game points in the next one. He missed them and landed a backhand wide to drop serve and bring his rival back to 2-2. Alexander grabbed another return game at 3-3 after Holger's backhand mistake, moving in front and holding at 15 in the next one for 5-3.

Holger Rune & Alexander Zverev, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The German served for the set in game ten, and the Dane created two break points with a forehand winner. Rune seized the second with a cracking forehand winner, leveling the score at 5-5 and extending the battle.

The set went into a tie break, and Zverev controlled the pace. The better-ranked player forged a 6-1 advantage and seized the second set point after the rival's forehand error, forcing a decider after three hours and 26 minutes.

Alexander grabbed a boost and provided rock-solid serving in the final set. He missed four break points in the second game, leaving them behind and staying composed. Zverev created two break points in the fourth game with a volley winner and painted a return winner that sent him in front.

The German held with ease in games five and seven, moving 5-2 in front and keeping the pressure on his opponent. Alexander clinched another break in game eight with a smash winner, sealing the deal and moving into the quarter-final.

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