Injured Alexander Zverev bows out at Roland Garros to Dominic Thiem

Alexander Zverev dejected

Alexander Zverev limped out of the French Open as Dominic Thiem beat the second seed in three sets.

Zverev fought through three consecutive five-setters to reach the quarter-finals, spending almost two and a half hours longer on court than Thiem – and it showed with an apparent hamstring injury clearly impeding the German’s movement.

The 21-year-old, playing his first grand slam quarter-final, was repeatedly holding his hamstring during the first set and had it strapped up by the trainer during the second, with Thiem taking ruthless advantage by consistently serving wide to force him to cover as much ground as possible.

“It was tough for him today, he’s one of the fittest guys on tour,” said Thiem, who won 6-5 6-2 6-1.

“It’s tough to play three five-setters in a row.

“I hope that we have many more encounters against each other at this stage or even later in a grand slam.”