Alexander Zverev eases into French Open semi-finals
German sixth seed too strong for Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Germany’s Alexander Zverev returns the ball to Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina during their men’s quarter-final at the French Open. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images
After a tense opening set in which both players struggled to hold serve – and the 22-year-old Spaniard had thrown his racket into the ground which bounced up and was caught by a spectator – world number six Zverev stepped up a gear.
Another double break in the third set saw Zverev move 4-1 ahead before Davidovich Fokina failed to hold again as the German took his place in the last four, completing a comfortable victory in one hour and 38 minutes.
Speaking after his win on Court Philippe-Chatrier, Zverev said: “After the first set, I think my baseline game improved a lot, and I dominated the points much more.
“In the beginning I did not play that well, I think I can play better hopefully.
“He is someone who has improved a lot and is coming up the rankings very quickly – it was his first quarter-final at a Grand Slam and I am pretty sure it will not be his last.”