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Wimbledon 2018: Halep, Zverev crash out, Nadal, Djokovic move on

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Sidney Guerrero | 11 July, 2018, 22:42

"Thought I'd go out there and try".

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). For me, because it's such a closed court, for me the court is dark at 7.30pm. "I thought I did very well today", said the 36-year-old 20-time Slam victor.

With Edmund serving at 3-3, 15-40 in the fourth set, the Serbian approached the net and executed a drop volley that Edmund failed to reach on one bounce despite flailing at the ball with his racquet and knocking it close to the line on the other side of the net. "I feel 100 percent comfortable with contacts".

"Today in the warmup, I was actually maybe thinking about it, not to play at all". "I was seeing the ball much better".

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

The 20-year-old Fritz seemed to struggle to regain the form which had put him in the driving seat the day before, letting the German bounce back in emphatic style to win the following two sets 6-1 6-2, thanks to four service breaks to claim the victory. I asked the chair umpire how is it possible he plays that shot if it didn't bounce twice.

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

"Stopping at 2-1 down was not a nice feeling but I played better than yesterday", said Zverev.

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"I'm in the tournament".

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

He is to next take on former World No. 10 Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who defeated No. 27 seed Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 on Thursday.

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.

The status quo has been challenged like never before in the women's singles, with nine of the top 10 seeds crashing out before the Wimbledon last 16 for the first time in the Open area.

Still only 21, Zverev has won three Masters 1000 titles and is firmly established as the brightest young star on the ATP Tour. Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I'm going to get out with a win. "I think that's a very big difference".

"I'm very happy (to make the last 16 for the first time), long time I've been chasing for that", said Monfils, who will next face South African Kevin Anderson.

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