Alexander Zverev survives another marathon match to squeeze past Frances Tiafoe at US Open

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Alexander Zverev celebrates at US Open

Alexander Zverev once again needed the full five sets, but he overcame Frances Tiafoe to move into the third round of the US Open.

The German has been involved in more five-set matches at Grand Slams than anyone else on tour since the start of last year, and he can now add another to his collection.

This one had a happy ending though, with him eventually winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

“I’ve been here before. It’s usually what I do in the first few rounds of majors, to play five sets,” Zverev said afterwards.

“Maybe it’s to entertain the crowd,” Zverev joked.

“Frances gave me a real fight. I’m just happy to get the win somehow. I know if it goes the distance I am ready.

“I’ve known Frances since we were little kids, we played each other all through juniors.

“Every match we play is getting tougher and tougher, hopefully, that will continue and we will play bigger matches throughout our careers.”

Zverev, who lost in the first round of Wimbledon last month, has never been further than the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam.

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