Alexander Zverev's appetite for five-set marathons showed no signs of shrinking and even blisters on his toes could not stop the German from storming into his first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Karen Khachanov at the French Open yesterday.
Of the last 10 Masters, only three have been won by the old guard, two for Nadal, one for Federer.
Women's fourth round: No. 1 Simona Halep beat No. 16 Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1; No. 14 Daria Kasatkina beat No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (5), 6-3; No. 3 Garbine Muguruza beat Lesia Tsurenko 2-0, retired; No. 12 Angelique Kerber beat No. 7 Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-3; No. 28 Maria Sharapova advanced when Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament.
Alexander Zverev of Germany (right) shakes hands with Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation after winning their men's round of 16 match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France.
The 13th-seeded Keys has not lost a set at Roland Garros. "I'm very happy about being in the quarterfinals here, going the hard way, going the long distance ... showing everybody that I can play for as long as I need to".
Keys, seeded 13th, reached the quarterfinals for the first time at Roland Garros after beating No. 31 Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-1, 6-4 on Chatrier.
"Well, I'm young, so I might as well stay on court, get some practice and entertain you guys", smiled Zverev, who is bidding to become the first German man to win the French Open since 1937.
"I'm not that young anymore".
He was fortunate to survive a break point when serving for the set at 5-3, before drawing level at two sets apiece with an ace.
Such a stance is pretty reasonable in truth, and went along with the adjustments that I made to the bare numbers to find my final model price, so any stance on this match should focus on whether a bettor thinks that Zverev's accumulated fatigue has an impact in this match.
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"He's an unbelievable player. I mean, probably now the third-best after Rafa and Roger".
US Open champion Sloane Stephens cruised past Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-0, 6-2 to book a last-eight spot for the first time. "So I think we can make it legendary, and that would be very nice".
Dabrowski teamed with India's Rohan Bopanna to win last year's French Open mixed doubles title.
"The first two sets were unbelievable but then he (Nishikori) raised his levels", Thiem said.
Zverev and Thiem will both look to dominate this match with powerful groundstrokes from the back of the court.
"He's playing this year an incredible year, match after match, so I don't think and I don't expect him (to be) exhausted".
"I don't know. I don't know what I'm going to do". "I hope I'm a little bit more experienced in this one". He's definitely playing great tennis.
To reach such a final against Nadal, Thiem will now have to beat that fellow single-hander, Marco Cecchinato-perhaps just the boost he needs to reach his first Major final.