Zverev battles past Fritz into Wimbledon's 3rd round

Alexander Zverev defeats Taylor Fritz in Wimbledon second round

When play was suspended on Thursday, Zverev was two sets behind to one down on Court 1 but fought back to defeat the American youngster 6-4 5-7 6-7 6-1 6-2, in a match lasting over three hours.

Zverev then broke Fritz's serve three times in the deciding set to coast into the third round.

"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. "It's the most special court for me, hundreds of thousands must have come to see me play here".

"I worked really, really hard (to get back playing) and it's been a long, arduous road but I always expected to come out and do the best I can do".

Meanwhile, Zverev seemed to have the match under control when he rallied from a break down to take the third set.

Women's seeds were sent packing.

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

The 29-year-old will take on Japan's Kei Nishikori who registered his 350th career win with a 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Fritz, ranked 68th, has strong tennis genes as his mother Kathy reached the Wimbledon last 16 in 1977.

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But, looking for first win over a top five player, he let Zverev off the hook with a disappointing collapse.

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3rd rd: Kevin Anderson (Rsa) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) 6-3 7-5 7-5.

Rodina moved into the fourth round and is joined by Russian compatriot Ekaterina Makarova and Camila Giorgi, who will face off after beating Lucie Safarova and Katerina Siniakova, respectively, on Friday. "He's played well this year", said Raonic.

"It never happened to me that the umpire changed the decision", Cibulkova said. It's just what it is.

El Salvador's Marcelo Arevalo and Chilean Hans Podlipnik-Castillo beat British pair Jay Clarke and Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-7 (5) 5-7 6-4 22-20 after five hours of play stretched over two days in a marathon opening-round men's doubles clash. "It's a good court, but. of course, bigger courts are nicer".

Estonia's top tennis player Anett Kontaveit (WTA 27) won against US tennis player Jennifer Brady (WTA 74) on Thursday, advancing to the third round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

"I did my work so it is fine".

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