Alexander Zverev Wins Battle Of Wimbledon's Rising Stars

Hope Soto
July 10, 2018

In the women's draw, seven-times victor Serena Williams overcame her first big test in confident fashion by beating France's Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 7-6 (2).

"It's a closed court". 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.

The 36-year-old Swiss extended his winning streak to 29 consecutive sets at the All England Club. Both matches were played on clay.

"That was my plan to do in the second set and in the third, and obviously it worked well".

Three-time champion Djokovic rallied from a set down to defeat home-crowd favourite Kyle Edmund 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and advance to the Round-of-16. Today I definitely did. I'll do the best I can to prepare myself for the hard courts now'. He first beat Briton Jay Clarke 4-6 6-3 7-6 3-6 6-4.

Tsitsipas, seeded 31st, becomes the first Greek man to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam. The Czech faces Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens, who stunned five-time Wimbledon victor Venus in the third round. In fact, tennis writer Ben Rothenberg wrote it was the fourth time in his last five wins at a major that he had to play the maximum five sets. That's it. I played my match.

'I was exhausted from probably having a stomach bug, not eating for over 24 hours, ' he said. "Thought I'd go out there and try". I felt my mind go, you know, and move on.

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"I think the last two sets here showed my progress".

Only three of the top 10 women's seeds remain in the Wimbledon running after Keys succumbed to Rodina 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, where the 23-year-old lost a 5-2 lead in the first set.

Zverev will face Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis for a place in the last 16.

"I am happy to be able to play in the third round tomorrow".

It was Zverev's second five-set match in a row and he came down with an illness on Friday.

U.S. Open finalist Kevin Anderson struck an impressive 42 winners on his way to the fourth round, beating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-5 7-5.

Determined not to make an early exit in a tournament where he reached the fourth round a year ago - bettered in Grand Slams only by his quarter-final in Paris this year - Zverev came out guns blazing on Friday and powered Fritz into submission.

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