Zverev survives test of nerves, Tennis News & Top Stories

Alexander Zverev reached the fourth round last year

Alexander Zverev revealed a stomach bug left him on the verge of quitting before the world number three battled back to beat American youngster Taylor Fritz 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0/7), 6-1, 6-2 at Wimbledon on Friday. He then played the enigmatic Bernard Tomic and was again pushed, eventually getting over the line a 2-6 6-3 7-6 7-5 victor after nearly three hours.

But the 21-year-old German has plenty of practice at scrambling out of trouble after three times winning from two sets to one down at the recent French Open.

The 29-year-old Latvian, a one-time training partner of Zverev's brother Mischa, handed the young German a lesson in perseverance and solid shot-making to reach the fourth round for the first time after 11 attempts.

To her credit, Keys fought from 4-0 down in the second set to level the match but the 48 unforced errors she made proved to be the making of her own downfall.

Officially, Alexander Zverev's dreams of a first grand slam title ended after three hours and 20 minutes of gloriously unpredictable tennis with a sorrowful shake of Ernests Gulbis's hand.

"Today in the warmup I was actually maybe thinking about it, not to play at all". "I'm not having any pain so I am able to hit the two-handed backhand more often, which is good for my whole game", he said. If I don't play sport, I eat two kilograms a day'.

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"And I think that kept being in the back of my mind". It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set. I'll do the best I can to prepare myself for the hard courts now'.

Nadal's powerful forehand and his effectiveness on serve - winning more than 80 per cent of the first and second serve put in play during the second set - proved more than de Minaur could handle. But not during the tournament because I get affected by it.

"I think he's a future grand slam victor", Gulbis said.

"For me, we played in darkness for one and a half hours".

Despite being widely-tipped to be a Grand Slam threat, it was another let-down for Zverev whose run to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last month remains his best performance at the Majors.

Meanwhile, South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson progressed with a 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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