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Zverev battles past Fritz into Wimbledon's 3rd round

11 July 2018

The 21-year-old Zverev, meanwhile, continues to underperform at tennis four biggest tournaments relative to his success at other events.

"And I think that kept being in the back of my mind".

Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek man in the Open era to make the last 16 of a Slam as the 31st seed beat Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

Deep down, however, the No 4 seed knew the game was up long before his 7-6 (2), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 defeat after the effects of a stomach bug ripped all the energy from his body.

"It's a closed court..."

"Today, I was returning much better, as I said, because it was brighter".

"But then I thought, Well, if I don't feel well, it's going to be one set". "I feel 100 percent comfortable with contacts". I mean, the way he plays. I asked the chair umpire how is it possible he plays that shot if it didn't bounce twice. After the second set, I actually went to throw up during the toilet break, which then I felt a little bit better. "I don't think I did a good job of keeping in the moment and playing the person who was in front of me". I tried to move him more.

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.

"What can I do?"

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 a year ago when he also went out in the third round.

"I'm in the tournament".

After enjoying the best Grand Slam run of his career when he made the French Open quarter-finals last month, Zverev is hoping to reach the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time.

His win on Saturday was his third successive five-setter having also played three matches in qualifying.

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

Alexander Zverev, the world number three, has been knocked out of Wimbledon after a shock defeat to qualifier Ernests Gulbis in the third round.

Following early exits for Swiss 16th seed Borna Coric and Canadian world number 25 Denis Shapovalov, Zverev's win was a boost for the group of young prodigies branded the sport's "NextGen" stars by the ATP.

He added: "Yesterday I had pain during the whole three sets. We were both struggling to be honest, it helped him to reach the tiebreak".

"I'm very calm. I try to find ways to win".

Zverev battles past Fritz into Wimbledon's 3rd round