Zverev wins yet another Grand Slam five-setter

Alexander Zverev reached the fourth round last year

Like Zverev, the 20-year-old Fritz is a former junior world number one ear-marked for great things but yet to truly arrive at the highest level. I thought that honestly.

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 (July 6).

"It's a closed court..." I mean, he doesn't give his opponents anything. I was very low energy.

Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer needed just over an hour and a half to book a fourth-round spot by beating big-serving German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 7-5 6-2.

But he got his return game going at the start of the second set and won around 43 percent of the British player's service points the rest of the way.

"I didn't think I could win after losing the third set, but he got exhausted and I played smarter", added Gulbis.

"I'm preparing the best I can".

"That's why I couldn't really see his serve, I couldn't really break him".

Three-time victor Novak Djokovic made the last 16 of a Slam for the 44th time with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Kyle Edmund, the last remaining Briton.

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

Zverev, who won a five setter against American Taylor Fritz from 2-1 down in the previous round, failed to improve on his best at Wimbledon past year when he also went out in the third round.

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

Rodina now faces and even tougher American challenge in meeting seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the fourth round next week.

In bombarding Zverev with drop shots, an aspect of the game the German struggles with, particularly as his backhand slice would be a weakness, Gulbis demonstrated a calm and steely determination in stark contrast to his unpredictable demeanour for which he is perhaps best known.

Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina outplayed an erratic Madison Keys in a 7-5 5-7 6-4 victory to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.

Still only 21, Zverev has won three Masters 1000 titles and is firmly established as the brightest young star on the ATP Tour.

Claiming he is starting to fulfil his vast potential, Zverev added: "The difference between now and a year ago, probably a little longer ago, is that when I'm down two sets to one or something like that, I don't really panic".

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