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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

French Open: Alexander Zverev survives scare to win as Grigor Dimitrov beaten by Fernando Verdasco

The No 2 seed saves a match point in the final set before defeating Damir Dzumhur at Roland Garros 

Alexander Zverev is through to the last 16 at the French Open. Matthew Stockman / Getty Images
Alexander Zverev is through to the last 16 at the French Open. Matthew Stockman / Getty Images

Men's second seed Alexander Zverev survived a scare as he had to save a match point before beating Damir Dzumhur on Friday to reach the fourth round of the French Open.

The German has now matched his best ever performance at a grand slam after he prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5,

His only previous run to the last 16 at a major was at Wimbledon last year and he next play either French 15th seed Lucas Pouille or Russia's Karen Khachanov.

Meanwhile, Grigor Dimitrov's French Open hopes bit the dust as the fourth seed was outplayed by Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco, losing 7-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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Dimitrov was pushed to five sets by American Jared Donaldson in the previous round and once he failed to convert four set points in the 12th game of the opener against Verdasco and lost the ensuing tiebreak, he looked flat.

The aggressive left-handed Spaniard broke twice in the second set and although he allowed Dimitrov back from 4-2 in the third, he broke again to claim his third career win against the 27-year-old.

Verdasco has now reached the last 16 in Paris for the seventh time and will hope to finally break through that barrier having fallen at that stage on six occasions.