Roland Garros: Alexander Zverev survives Tiafoe
Semifinalist in the last two editions, the German Alexander Zverev survived the push and momentum of the American Francis Tiafoe and came from behind to win in four sets, 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-1 and 7-6(5), and qualify for the Round of 16, on the day that just one year has passed since his ankle injury in Roland Garros.
The German, who is playing his eighth Parisian Grand Slam, has not yet found the right tone since he broke his ankle in the Paris Semifinal against Rafael Nadal. He was out of competition for half a year and is still looking for the best level of him.
In the duel against Tiafoe, with whom he had played seven times, never on clay, and had won six, he celebrated one year of that injury that kept him out of the final.
He intends to extend his good feelings at Roland Garros where he reached the Semifinals in the last two years. In 2021 he was eliminated by Tsitsipas. In 2022 he withdrew due to ankle injury in the duel against Nadal, who won the tournament.
The German needed almost four hours to break down the resistance of Tiafoe who squeezed his performance and who was several times one step away from forcing the fifth set. He was not left by Zverev who kept up the pulse against the twelfth in the world.
Tiafoe, this year winner in Houston, the second title in his career, and a Semifinalist in Indian Wells, had never gone beyond the second round at Roland Garros. This time he reached the Round of 16, but died on the shore.
Zverev met in the Round of 16 with the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov which previously ended the adventure of the German Daniel Altmaier at Roland Garros and stood, for the second time in his career and three years later, in the Round of 16 of the second Grand Slam of the course.
(With information from EFE)
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