Zverev wins battle of Wimbledon's rising stars

Roger Federer

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

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. Of course, today I found a way better than he did.

Hsieh of Taiwan protested to the Chinese umpire in a language that Cibulkova couldn't understand, before the match referee became involved as calls of "replay the point" came from a bemused crowd on Court 18. "I was feeling physically really good".

The 21-year-old German had the better of an even opening set that went with serve but Gulbis turned the tables in the tiebreak to take it 7-2.

Despite being widely-tipped to be a Grand Slam threat, it was another let-down for Zverev whose run to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last month remains his best performance at the Majors.

Women's seeds were sent packing. 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.

Fritz, ranked 68th, has strong tennis genes as his mother Kathy reached the Wimbledon last 16 in 1977. The worlds No. 3 tennis player Alexander Zverev is a passionate fan, he himself said in an interview.




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.

3rd rd: Evgeniya Rodina (Rus) bt Madison Keys (USA) 7-5 5-7 6-4, Camila Giorgi (Ita) bt Katerina Siniakova (Cze) 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-2, Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) bt Lucie Safarova (Cze) 4-6 6-4 6-1.

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. "He's played well this year", said Raonic.

"This is only my second serious tournament back", said Williams, who is returning from a maternity leave. It's just what it is. We played in dark for an hour. "It's a good court, but. of course, bigger courts are nicer".

The German next faces Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis for a place in the last 16.

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

"I did my work so it is fine".

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