Zverev wins battle of Wimbledon's rising stars

Alexander Zverev defeats Taylor Fritz in Wimbledon second round

Alexander Zverev defeats Taylor Fritz in Wimbledon second round

After trailing two sets to one on Thursday, fourth seed Alexander Zverev dropped just three games on Friday to overcome American Taylor Fritz 6-4 5-7 6-7 (0) 6-1 6-2 in the second round.

The fourth seed had a tougher time against Fritz than eighth seed Kevin Anderson did against Philipp Kohlschreiber, with the German served into straight-sets submission 6-3, 7-5, 7-5.

Gulbis' win on Saturday was his third successive five-setter having also played three matches in qualifying.

The 29-year-old Latvian, a one-time training partner of Zverev's brother Mischa, handed the young German a lesson in perseverance and solid shot-making to reach the fourth round for the first time after 11 attempts.

"I think I can be very happy today", said Federer, who will next face France's Adrian Mannarino.

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

"Today I was returning much better, as I said, because it was brighter". If I don't play sport, I eat two kilograms a day'. "Thought I'd go out there and try".

"That was my plan to do in the second set and in the third, and obviously it worked well". "It really messed with me for two balls, then I tried to just calm down, to play my game".

"I think he's a future grand slam victor", Gulbis said.

"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".

The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was given a code violation for receiving coaching while beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 7-6 (4), 6-0. In fact, tennis writer Ben Rothenberg wrote it was the fourth time in his last five wins at a major that he had to play the maximum five sets.

The mercurial Frenchman beat last year's semi-finalist 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-2 on Centre Court. But I always say the same: "Roger and Rafa Nadal are the favourites, although there are many players who can be important in the last matches too".

World number 3 and the 4th seed Alexander Zverev has come to Wimbledon after reaching his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final in Paris, losing to Dominic Thiem and injuring his left leg after a huge amount of time he had to spend on the court in the previous rounds.

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