French Open 2021: Alexander Zverev sets up fourth-round clash with Kei Nishikori

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Kei Nishikori booked a spot successful the French Open last-16 erstwhile his Swiss hostile Henri Laaksonen retired with an wounded portion Alexander Zverev dispatched Serbia's Laslo Djere 6-2 7-5 6-2 to scope the 4th circular connected Friday.

World fig   six Alexander Zverev. (Reuters Photo)

World fig six Alexander Zverev. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nishikori followed up 2 consecutive five-setters with a one-set triumph astatine French Open
  • Alexander Zverev picks up momentum arsenic helium reaches 4th circular successful Paris
  • Henri Laaksonen retired with an wounded aft dropping the opening acceptable 7-5

German sixth effect Alexander Zverev eased into the French Open past 16 for the 4th successive twelvemonth connected Friday and acceptable up a fourth-round clash against erstwhile satellite No 4 Kei Nishikori.

Nishikori booked a spot successful the French Open last-16 erstwhile his Swiss hostile Henri Laaksonen retired with an wounded aft dropping the opening acceptable 7-5 portion Zverev dispatched Serbia's Laslo Djere 6-2 7-5 6-2 to scope the 4th circular connected Friday.

Zverev won the archetypal 4 games en way to bagging the opening acceptable without overmuch fuss nether the extortion of Court Philippe Chatrier.

The German took bid of the 3rd acceptable with a interruption successful the archetypal crippled and ne'er looked back.

"I was down 5-3, 40-0 connected his serve... you don't ever travel backmost from this score," said Zverev.

"I knew had to play overmuch amended than successful the archetypal 2 rounds. The further I spell into the tourney the amended I play.

World fig 150 Laaksonen, playing successful the 3rd circular of a large for the archetypal time, appeared to person picked up a thigh wounded aboriginal successful the opening acceptable and was forced to instrumentality an off-court aesculapian timeout.

"I didn't consciousness thing (in my) past matches. Yesterday connected signifier nothing. Today warmup thing either. When I started the match, everything was fine," Laaksonen told reporters.

"So past I went connected the 2-1 crippled to the backhand country and I tried to retrieve from determination and past I felt symptom connected the adductor, abductor -- I don't cognize which 1 it is inside. I couldn't determination past anymore."

The 29-year-old struggled to determination astir the tribunal arsenic Nishikori claimed the lone interruption constituent of the acceptable to instrumentality a 6-5 pb earlier rainfall halted play connected the outer courts.

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