Saturday, 21 July, 2018


Alexander Zverev crashes OUT of Wimbledon in shock defeat to Ernests Gulbis

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Noah Ferguson | 10 July, 2018, 03:29

Nishikori played some of his best tennis in the first week of Wimbledon and has deservedly won through to the round of 16. "Are you a masochist?" was the first question asked to Zverev, much to his astonishment. "I don't know what a masochist is", he replied with a chuckle. "It was very easy", he said with a bemused expression after his Court One victory. For me, because it's such a closed court, for me the court is dark at 7.30pm.

But Gulbis, who came through qualifying to play in the competition, launched an unlikely fight back to win the fourth 6-3. "I'm not having any pain so I am able to hit the two-handed backhand more often, which is good for my whole game", he said. "So I'm going match by match, see what could happen". I mean, the way he plays.

He staged another impressive escape act against Fritz and insisted he didn't care how he got the job done. He came down with a stomach bug that affected him during his two-day, five-set victory over Taylor Fritz of the U.S.in the second round and felt exhausted down the stretch against Gulbis.

"I'm in the tournament". It helped me we stopped at the third. "That's what matters for me".

Kiki Bertens grabbed a decisive break in the 18th game to beat ninth-seeded Venus Williams 6-2 6-7 (5) 8-6 and reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.

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.

Still only 21, Zverev has won three Masters 1000 titles and is firmly established as the brightest young star on the ATP Tour.

Ernests Gulbis of Latvia uses a towel filled with ice during the men's singles match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on the sixth day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday July 7, 2018. Claiming he is starting to fulfil his vast potential, Zverev added: "The difference between now and a year ago, probably a little longer ago, is that when I'm down two sets to one or something like that, I don't really panic".

Edmund appeared to be riding a wave of euphoria generated by England's World Cup quarter-final win against Sweden as he outplayed the Serbian former World No. 1 in the first set. "I think that's a very big difference".

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