Alexander Zverev staying positive after surviving another massive scare
Fifth seed Alexander Zverev surrendered a two-set lead before summoning the energy to defeat Serbia’s Dušan Lajović in a five-set epic.
Zverev eventually prevailed 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2 and he is staying upbeat despite spending a lot of hours on the court yet again.
The young German began sluggishly and looked frustrated after going down 3-1 in the first set.
The three-time Masters 1000 winner saved a break point to hold serve. A series of unforced errors and sloppy service games saw Lajović broken twice as Zverev stormed back from 4-2 down to take the first set 6-4.
Zverev carried that momentum into the second set breaking Lajovic again before sealing the second set 6-2.
In the third set, Zverev became more passive as Monte Carlo Masters finalist Lajović fought back to take the third set 6-4.
Zverev continued to go into meltdown in the fourth set as Lajovic thundered winners past the German before taking the set 6-1.
Lajović began to wane physically and Zverev summoned the strength to win the decider 6-2 and breathe a huge sigh of relief.
The two clashed in a slightly similar five-set epic last year at the French Open as Zverev came back from two sets to one down to triumph.
Next up for Zverev is Monte Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini who beat Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut in four sets triumphing 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
The first set was a battle of attrition as Fognini played some quite brilliant tactical clay-court tennis.
In the second set, both players exchanged breaks before Fognini broke Bautista-Agut again to seal the set.
The 18th seed mounted a brief comeback to win the third set, before Fognini turned on the style to seal his place in the fourth-round.
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