Zverev wins yet another Grand Slam five-setter

Roger Federer

"It's my first win against a world number one", said 26-year-old Hsieh.

But Djokovic snapped out of his torpor and took charge once he broke in a marathon seventh game of the second set.

"Yesterday was tough for several reasons, I had a stomach virus, went to bathroom at the end of the second set and threw up, and last night I didn't eat anything", he said.

"Today in the warm-up I was actually maybe thinking about it, not to play at all". I was very low energy.

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.

"It's a wonderful feeling walking out there, I try to put on a good match and try hard every time, regardless of how many times I've played at Wimbledon".

"And I think that kept being in the back of my mind. I don't know what a masochist is", he replied with a chuckle.

Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek man in the Open era to make the last 16 of a Slam as the 31st seed beat Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. "[So] it was very easy". I asked the chair umpire how is it possible he plays that shot if it didn't bounce twice.

"It's a closed court..." I mean, the way he plays. I tried to move him more. "Thought I'd go out there and try".

"What can I do?"

"I was talking to Nick beforehand and I said there is no way we will finish the match", Nishikori said, "but I played one of the best matches of my life".

"I'd rather go five than lose in four, be out of here, book a flight for me to go home tomorrow".

His win on Saturday was his third successive five-setter having also played three matches in qualifying. "That's what matters for me".

Officially, Alexander Zverev's dreams of a first grand slam title ended after three hours and 20 minutes of gloriously unpredictable tennis with a sorrowful shake of Ernests Gulbis's hand.

Despite being widely-tipped to be a Grand Slam threat, it was another letdown for Zverev whose run to the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last month remains his best performance at the majors.

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. "I know my game, it's adapting well for this surface and I won in three sets, which is good for my body".

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